Allies of Theresa May have rejected explosive claims that Donald Trump ‘humiliated and bullied’ her during official phone calls.
Sources close to the former prime minister said a report Mrs May had been left ‘flustered’ during conversations with the US President were ‘utter nonsense’.
However, they conceded that the calls were ‘not always easy, because Theresa sometimes disagreed with him’.
A report published this morning by legendary ‘Watergate’ journalist Carl Bernstein said Mr Trump had labelled Mrs May a ‘fool’ during conversations and had attacked her handling of Brexit negotiations.
The US President is said to have suggested Mrs May, who served as PM from July 2016 to July 2019, had been ‘spineless’ in the UK’s divorce talks with the European Union.
Theresa May and Donald Trump, pictured in Downing Street in June 2019, appeared to have a warm relationship in public but a new report claims the US President ‘bullied’ the then-PM during phone calls
Mr Trump, pictured with Mrs May in the White House Oval Office in January 2017, is said to have called his counterpart a ‘fool’
One source said of Mr Trump: ‘He’d get agitated about something with Theresa May, then he’d get nasty with her on the phone call.’
‘It’s the same interaction in every setting — coronavirus or Brexit — with just no filter applied.’
The report claimed Mrs May had been ‘flustered and nervous’ during the calls with a source saying Mr Trump ‘clearly intimidated her and meant to’.
But a source close to Mrs May dismissed the claims, telling MailOnline: ‘The calls were not always easy, because Theresa sometimes disagreed with him.
‘But to say that she was bullied or got flustered is utter nonsense.’
The report published by CNN sets out the details of numerous conversations between Mr Trump and other world leaders.
Mr Trump’s private calls with Russian President Vladimir Putin were said to have the tone of ‘two guys in a steam bath’.
The report suggested that Mr Putin ‘just outplays’ his counterpart during their one-on-one interactions.
During the calls and others with foreign leaders, Mr Trump reportedly regularly tries to tout his own wealth and success in conversations his own aides apparently regarded as ‘delusional’.
Along with the claims about calls with Mr Putin and Mrs May, Mr Trump is alleged to have called German Chancellor Angela Merkel ‘stupid’ to her face.
Sources described how former allies of Mr Trump including John Bolton, James Mattis, John Kelly and Rex Tillerson became alarmed by the calls and feared that the President was endangering national security.