Boris Johnson once devoted a considerable part of a meeting with Donald Trump to discussing how strong kangaroos are, when the British prime minister struck up a strong relationship with a fellow “plump white with crazy hair.”
Instead, the then US president considered his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, “a coward.”
Such bizarre scenes and claims are contained in a new book by Stephanie Grisham, Trump’s third press secretary in the White House and Melania Trump’s chief of staff when she was first lady.
I will take your questions now will be posted next week. Raffled by gossip and scandals, it has been condemned by Trump. But the memoirs contain startling descriptions of Trump’s often unusual interactions with other world leaders and his views on them. Despite the fact that Trump regularly surprised foreign and domestic audiences with his behavior abroad, the scenes revealed by Grisham are likely to continue to surprise.
On Tuesday, the Washington Post first reported Grisham’s description of how, at the G20 Osaka summit in 2019, Trump told Vladimir Putin that he would “act a little tougher on you for a few minutes, but it’s for the cameras.”
Somewhat more bizarrely, Grisham reports that during a meeting with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Trump “asked, out of nowhere, ‘Have any of you ever seen the midnight express?'”
Made in 1978, the film portrays a young American imprisoned in Turkey and subjected to beatings and sexual assaults. Its screenwriter, Oliver Stone, has He apologized for his representation of Turks and Turkey.
“That is a dark movie for you,” Trump allegedly said.
“There was little reaction from the delegation,” Grisham writes, “maybe a few friendly laughs, before the conversation moved on, as if the president of the United States hadn’t let that slip away.”
Grisham also writes that Trump told Imran Khan, Pakistan’s prime minister, that “India reminded him of California with all the homeless.”
Trump, says Grisham, was “not a huge fan of European leaders in general. Of the French Prime Minister [sic] Emmanuel Macron, a slim, soft-spoken man, Trump sneered: ‘He’s a coward. He’s got one hundred and twenty pounds of rage. ‘
Trump, whom Grisham calls a “germophobic president,” is said to have praised the Swiss president for cleaning up his country. But, Grisham says, he found a true soul mate in Johnson.
The British prime minister was “one of the few European leaders that Trump seemed to tolerate,” Grisham writes. “The conversations between those two, both plump whites with crazy hair, redefined the word random.
“Johnson once told us over breakfast that Australia was ‘the deadliest country – spiders, snakes, crocodiles and kangaroos.’ They then talked about how powerful kangaroos were in considerable detail. “
Grisham adds that Johnson and Trump also spoke about “some political figure who had just had surgery, who they thought had involved the removal of a gallbladder.
“‘Can a new gallbladder be put in?’ Johnson asked, munching on scrambled eggs and hot dogs. “I don’t know what a gallbladder does.”
“‘It has something to do with alcohol,’ Trump replied.”
As defined by Johnson himself National Health service, the gallbladder is “a small, bag-shaped organ found in the upper right-hand side of the belly [which] it stores bile, a fluid produced by the liver that helps break down fatty foods.
The NHS also says: “You don’t need a gallbladder, so surgery to remove it is often recommended if you have any problems.”