Mar-a-Lago member and Australian billionaire Anthony Pratt bragged in audio recordings that he received a call from Donald Trump to inform him that he had just bombed Iraq.
Pratt said he received a call from Trump shortly after he had ordered airstrikes in Iraq, according to a joint investigative report from “60 Minutes Australia”, The Sydney Morning Herald, and The Age.
“I haven’t even heard it, it hadn’t even been on the news yet and he said, ‘I just bombed Iraq today,'” Pratt says in the recording.
Pratt then recalled Trump’s description of the call he had with then-Iraqi President Barham Salih.
“He said, ‘I just bombed Iraq today. And the President of Iraq called me up and said, ‘You just leveled my city,”” Pratt recalled Trump saying. According to Pratt, Trump responded to Salih, “OK what are you going to do about it?”
The audio also showed Pratt recalling Trump’s description of a phone call he had with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in 2019 that lead to his first impeachment. In the call, Trump repeatedly pushed Zelensky to find dirt on then-candidate Joe Biden in exchange for congressionally approved military aid.
“Trump said, ‘You know that Ukraine phone call? That was nothing compared to what I usually do’. He said, ‘that Ukraine phone call, that’s nothing compared to what we usually talk about,'” Pratt recalled.
Trump has been indicted by Special Counsel Jack Smith for his alleged mishandling of classified documents. Smith’s team has interviews Pratt as part if their investigation.
Pratt reportedly told federal prosecutors Trump shared classified information about the country’s nuclear capabilities with him including info about nuclear submarines, the exact number of nuclear warheads they routinely carry, and exactly how close they supposedly can get to a Russian submarine without detection, according to ABC News.
In a statement to the New York Times on Sunday Trump said that Pratt is “from a friendly country in Australia, one of our great allies,” adding: “I don’t know him well but he seemed like a nice person. He built a factory in Ohio and created American jobs.”
Trump was more forceful in his denial later Sunday evening in a post on his Truth Social account.
“The Failing New York Times story, leaked by Deranged Jack Smith and the Biden “Political Opponent Abuser” DOJ, about a red haired weirdo from Australia, named Anthony Pratt, is Fake News,” Trump wrote. “I never spoke to him about Submarines.”
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