Full headline: From pandering to Putin to abusing allies and ignoring his own advisers, Trump's phone calls alarm US officials (CNN)In hundreds of highly classified phone calls with foreign heads of state, President Donald Trump was so consistently unprepared for discussion of serious issues, so often outplayed in his conversations with powerful leaders like Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Erdogan, and so abusive to leaders of America's principal allies, that the calls helped convince some senior US officials -- including his former secretaries of state and defense, two national security advisers and his longest-serving chief of staff -- that the President himself posed a danger to the national security of the United States, according to White House and intelligence officials intimately familiar with the contents of the conversations. The calls caused former top Trump deputies -- including national security advisers H.R. McMaster and John Bolton, Defense Secretary James Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and White House chief of staff John Kelly, as well as intelligence officials -- to conclude that the President was often "delusional," as two sources put it, in his dealings with foreign leaders. The sources said there was little evidence that the President became more skillful or competent in his telephone conversations with most heads of state over time. Rather, he continued to believe that he could either charm, jawbone or bully almost any foreign leader into capitulating to his will, and often pursued goals more attuned to his own agenda than what many of his senior advisers considered the national interest. These officials' concerns about the calls, and particularly Trump's deference to Putin, take on new resonance with reports the President may have learned in March that Russia had offered the Taliban bounties to kill US troops in Afghanistan -- and yet took no action. CNN's sources said there were calls between Putin and Trump about Trump's desire to end the American military presence in Afghanistan but they mentioned no discussion of the supposed Taliban bounties. ... https://www.cnn.com/2020/06/29/politics/trump-phone-calls-national-security-concerns/index.html I wonder if Putin went ahead with the bounties hoping that additional US casualties would spur Bone Spurs to withdraw our forces from Afghanistan. I expect he has been anxious to make that happen during Klump's first term, since it is all too likely to be his only term, thus Putin's window for getting everything he wants from a headless US administration is closing rapidly. I also found out today that Trump ordered our forces to abandon our Kurdish allies in Syria at the request of Erdogan ("who sometimes phoned the White House at least twice a week and was put through directly to the President on standing orders from Trump"). The orange clown and malignant narcissist was pursuing Turkish interests over American interests, because he is a clueless, self-serving dirtbag.