Here are the 8 nuttiest things Trump said to foreign leaders in newly leaked transcripts
The Washington Post on Thursday published leaked transcripts between President Donald Trump and key foreign leaders, and they show the president made several statements that were either demonstrably false or completely outlandish.
Below are the eight craziest things Trump said in the newly leaked transcripts with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
1.) Trump falsely tells Peña Nieto that he won the state of New Hampshire in 2016 because it is a “drug-infested den.”
“We have the drug lords in Mexico that are knocking the hell out of our country,” the president said. “They are sending drugs to Chicago, Los Angeles, and to New York. Up in New Hampshire – I won New Hampshire because New Hampshire is a drug-infested den – is coming from the southern border.”
Trump did not, in fact win New Hampshire during the last election.
2.) Trump said he would send the U.S. military into Mexico to take out the country’s drug gangs if Peña Nieto couldn’t handle the job himself.
“You have some pretty tough hombres in Mexico that you may need help with, and we are willing to help you with that big-league,” Trump said. “And I know this is a tough group of people, and maybe your military is afraid of them, but our military is not afraid of them, and we will help you with that 100 percent because it is out of control – totally out of control.”
3.) Trump begged Peña Nieto to stop saying that he would never pay for his proposed border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
“My position has been and will continue to be very firm, saying that Mexico cannot pay for the wall,” Peña Nieto told Trump.
“But you cannot say that to the press,” Trump insisted. “The press is going to go with that, and I cannot live with that.”
4.) Trump laments that children can buy heroin for even less money than they can buy candy.
“We have a massive drug problem where kids are becoming addicted to drugs because drugs are being sold for less money than candy because there is so much of it,” the president told Peña Nieto. “So we have to work together to knock that out.”
5.) Trump chewed out Australian PM Turnbull and compared him unfavorably to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“I have had it,” Trump fumed toward the end of the call. “I have been making these calls all day and this is the most unpleasant call all day. Putin was a pleasant call. This is ridiculous.”
6.) Trump whined about honoring a deal with the Australian government made by the Obama administration to accept refugees — on the grounds that it would make him look bad.
“Give them to the United States,” the president complained. “We are like a dumping ground for the rest of the world. I have been here for a period of time, I just want this to stop. I look so foolish doing this. It [sic] know it is good for you but it is bad for me. It is horrible for me.”
7.) Trump tells Turnbull that “the ISIS thing” is particularly bad because the organization’s members do not wear official uniforms and instead walk around “in disguise.”
“Let me tell you this, it is an evil time but it is a complex time because we do not have uniforms standing in front of us,” Trump explained. “Instead, we have people in disguise. It is brutal. This ISIS thing – it is something we are going to devote a lot of energy to it. I think we are going to be very successful.”
8.) Trump tells Turnbull that he is the “world’s greatest person.”
“This is going to kill me,” Trump said to Turnbull about accepting the refugees. “I am the world’s greatest person that does not want to let people into the country. And now I am agreeing to take 2,000 people and I agree I can vet them, but that puts me in a bad position. It makes me look so bad and I have only been here a week.”