Trump apologized profusely to Putin for not calling him quicker
President Donald Trump's phone calls are becoming the political equivalent of Hillary Clinton's emails, except in this case he's facing an official impeachment inquiry.
According to the Washington Post, his Ukraine call isn't the only one that's making Trump look bad. In a phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump told him how great of a leader was and he apologized profusely for not being able to call him sooner.
His first call to Putin was a mere formality to accept Putin's congratulations on his victory. This happened on January 28th, not long after Trump became president. Officials say that Putin was sticking to formal talking points while Trump was all over the place and "obsequious” and “fawning.”
“He was like, ‘Oh my gosh, my people didn’t tell me you wanted to talk to me,’ ” said one person with direct knowledge of the call.
He also, in a later call, asked the former KGB officer for his guidance in forging a friendship with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, apparently prioritizing his input over his own White House.
Trump likes to brag about how tough he is on Russia, though.
Trump's phone calls have created great anxiety in the administration, long before the Ukraine scandal.
“There was a constant undercurrent in the Trump administration of [senior staff] who were genuinely horrified by the things they saw that were happening on these calls,” said one former White House official. “Phone calls that were embarrassing, huge mistakes he made, months and months of work that were upended by one impulsive tweet.”
“We couldn’t figure out early on why he was being so nice to Russia,” one former senior administration official said.
The president's former national security adviser H.R. McMaster even launched an internal campaign to get Trump to stop being so friendly to the Russians. No one knew why he was being so friendly.