Re: President of the US clueless
Yes, for good or ill, use of these kinds of pressure are stock and trade in international relations. Neither Trump nor Biden covered themselves in glory on this. (Why was Biden's son, a discharged military officer with no experience in the energy industry, getting $50K per month from a Ukrainian energy oligarch?)'
Basically, if your government is a foreign aid donor, the only reason you haven't heard about how this aid is leveraged to get recipient governments to make military, personnel, policy and economic decisions in your country's favor is because these calls are usually kept confidential.