Former President Donald Trump's unfiltered communication style came under scrutiny when Australian billionaire Anthony Pratt disclosed that Trump had shared sensitive information, including details about a military operation. In an episode of 60 Minutes Australia, Pratt, the chairman of Visy Industries and a former supporter of Trump, revealed that the former president had a penchant for shocking people and divulging surprising details.
Pratt, who had developed a rapport with Trump during his presidency, shared recordings with 60 Minutes that shed light on the former president's willingness to share information without restraint. In one such recording, Pratt recalled Trump saying, "I just bombed Iraq today," before noting that the President of Iraq had called him to express concerns about the destruction caused. Trump's response, according to Pratt, was, "OK, what are you going to do about it?"
John Bolton, Trump's former national security advisor, opined that Trump's behavior was not surprising, suggesting that he may have been attempting to impress Pratt by demonstrating his knowledge. Bolton explained that typically, military strike announcements are delayed to protect personnel involved in such operations, and sharing sensitive information prematurely could jeopardize their safety.
Federal prosecutors have recently interviewed Pratt as part of investigations into how Trump handled classified documents. Pratt asserted that while Trump shared sensitive information, he did not provide classified documents. According to Pratt, Trump had a knack for walking the fine line between appearing to break the law and avoiding jail while demonstrating his support for Australia in the United States.
In the end, the revelations highlight the unconventional communication style of the former president, characterized by a lack of a filter between his thoughts and his words.