President Trump’s letters to Kim Jong-un have shown the close bond the two leaders formed according to Watergate journalist Bob Woodward’s new book. In the book titled Rage, Mr Trump was alleged to have boasted that Mr Kim tells him “everything”.
The American journalist’s new book includes excerpts of the letters Mr Trump exchanged with Mr Kim.
It also quotes the interviews Mr Woodward conducted with the US president.
During the interviews, Mr Trump said the North Korean leader told him about a graphic account of how Mr Kim’s uncle was killed.
US intelligence chiefs have warned that North Korea is unlikely to ever surrender its nuclear weapons.
They have also insisted Mr Trump’s approach is ineffective.
But the US president told Mr Woodward that he is determined to continue on his course.
Mr Trump said the CIA has “no idea” how to deal with North Korea.
Speaking about the criticisms around his three face-to-face meetings with Mr Kim, Mr Trump told Mr Woodward: “I met. Big f**king deal.
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In a different letter, Mr Kim said: “I feel pleased to have formed good ties with such a powerful and preeminent statesman as Your Excellency.”
In another letter, the North Korean leader reflected on “that moment of history when I firmly held Your Excellency’s hand at the beautiful and sacred location as the whole world watched with great interest and hope to relive the honour of that day.”
In his book, Mr Woodward said the US president has taken Mr Kim’s flattery.
Mr Trump was proud that Mr Kim called him “Excellency”, according to the author.
The US president was wonderstruck when he met Mr Kim for the first time in 2018 in Singapore.
He thought to himself “Holy s**t” and found Mr Kim to be “far beyond smart”, wrote Mr Woodward.
Mr Trump also told the author that Mr Kim thought President Barack Obama was “an a**hole”.
He also boasted to Mr Woodward that Mr Kim “never smiled before. I’m the only one he smiles with.”
The book also revealed that Mr Trump knew the coronavirus was deadlier than he originally told the US.
He told Mr Woodward he deliberately minimised the danger to not “create a panic”.