White House aides say they have to regularly explain to Trump why if it's late afternoon in Washington, D.C., he can't call the prime minister of Japan. 'I don't think anybody would expect him or Obama or Bush or Clinton or anybody to do that.
The president was further accused of making "random" phone calls to his fellow world leaders which have no clear objective. "You don't just call to check in", the official said, as quoted by the Politico media outlet on Monday.
According to a former National Security Council official, Trump apparently isn't "great at recognizing" that an older world leader might not be awake "or in the right place at 10:30 or 11 p.m. their time".
Trump has a particularly "bizarre" interest in French President Emmanuel Macron and randomly calls him for no apparent reason, one former official told the publication. Macron would be like: 'Hey what are we talking about?' These are very busy people.
In pushing back against damaging new claims by former White House adviser Omarosa Manigault Newman, the Trump administration confirmed reports that President Trump had White House staffers sign nondisclosure agreement (NDAs).
The media outlet also reported that the USA president's aides had to remind him on a "constant basis" about time zones due to his habit of calling his counterparts at awkward hours.
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In addition to mangling the pronunciation of Nepal, Trump also reportedly bungled pronouncing the name of the nearby nation of Bhutan, which he believed was pronounced "button".
"The president has developed strong relationships and good rapports that are not only friendly, but also allow for candid conversations with many of America's closest allies", the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, told Politico.
The faux-pas were reportedly made while Trump studied a map ahead of the 2017 summit with Narendra Modi, although the White House says it has no recollection of the comments, and insisted the president behaved appropriately.
At least that's what diplomatic sources told Politico of Trump's steep learning curve his first year in office, revealing embarrassing instances when the sitting President of the United States fell short of the expectations of someone in his office.
During the same briefing, Trump is said to have asked whether Modi would be bringing his wife along with him on the visit.