Trump was stunned at the outrage over the summit with Kim Jong-Un, saying, ‘What the f ** k? It’s a meeting ‘
Bob Woodward revealed on Tuesday how surprised President Trump was that there was public outcry over his meeting with Kim Jong-Un, suggesting that his other only option would have been to read a book at home.
During audio playing of one of the 18 recordings for interviews related to Woodward’s new book Rage, Trump boasted as he showed the legendary journalist how ‘happy’ the North Korean dictator was at one of their various gatherings.
However, when questioned about the response from Trump, the first US leader to agree to talks with Jong-Un, the president sounded exasperated.
What the f *** k? It’s a meeting, ” hit the 73-year-old leader back in Woodward, 77, on December 5, 2019.
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Trump told Woodward about the shocked reaction to his meeting with Kim Jong-Un on December 5, 2019: ‘What the f *** k? It’s a meeting. Audio was played on Anderson Cooper 360
President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un in the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, in Panmunjom, South Korea, June 30, 2019
The explosion came after Trump started by telling Woodward that Jong-Un is “very smart.”
“You take over a country and you are 25 years old and you survive … You have millions of people who are all smart and energetic,” he added of the Jong-Un country. “You know the energy is incredible.”
Woodward stepped in to say ‘they’re showing you those reports about those camps in North Korea’ to which Trump responded, ‘Oh.’
The journalist recalled how President Bush said he “hated ‘Jong-Un’s father Kim Jong-Il’ because of what he does to his people.”
But Trump replied, ‘And you know what? That attitude yielded nothing to him. ‘
The president continued, “They built a massive nuclear power during those last two governments. They didn’t do it during me. ‘
Trump continued that for ‘three years I gave nothing’.
You know they’d say, ‘President Trump, he agreed to meet … What the f ** k? It’s a meeting, ”he added. ‘Did he meet? What instead of staying home to read your book? I met?’
During Anderson Cooper 360 on Tuesday, the presenter suggested that Trump was hypocritical for saying in a March 19, 2020 recording that he “ doesn’t have that much time ” to think about the “ many people ” who make him a “ war president. ” ‘have mentioned. ‘because he’s’ so busy’.
President Trump showed Woodward photos of those they met during the interview
Trump (R) and North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-Un, shake hands after a signing ceremony at their historic US-North Korea summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island, Singapore on June 12, 2018 .
Compared to an interview where Trump failed to come up with one Bible passage he liked despite claiming it to be his “ favorite book, ” Cooper also pointed out that he recently said in a briefing that he spent all day and watched Fox News night. coverage of himself and Woodward’s book.
In the same interview six months ago, Woodward asked Trump, “ In all of this, for the past two months, was there a moment when you said to yourself – you know, you wake up or whatever you do and you say, ‘Ah, this is the leadership test of your life? ‘ ‘
Trump replied, “No.”
“I think so, but I don’t think so,” Trump said. ‘All I want is to fix it. There are many people who said that to me. They said you’re a wartime president now. ‘
On March 19, 265 Americans were killed by COVID-19, and 195,000 lives have been lost to date, while 6.6 million have been confirmed as infected.
In that interview, he admitted that he knew that “not only old people” are at risk.
In an interview on Feb. 4, Trump told Woodward that coronavirus was “ deadly stuff, ” but he didn’t mention it to the State of the Union address three days earlier.
During his interviews with Woodward, Trump spoke about the dangers of the global virus and admitted that he lashed out in front of the American public after national security adviser Robert O’Brien called the coronavirus the “ biggest national security threat ” on Jan. 28.
Wood shared audio of how Trump complained that critics would say, ‘He agreed to meet? What instead of staying home to read your book? I met?’
When Woodward said to Trump ‘they show you those reports about those camps in North Korea’ Trump replied, ‘Oh’
“This is when a leader would say,” I got a warning: trouble is coming. There are things we can do, “Woodward told CNN of the February 4 event. The first reported US death from COVID-19 was on February 29.
‘But then he goes on and says,’ Oh, I didn’t want to tell the truth because I would panic people. ‘That’s not what people in this country do when they tell the truth. ‘
The men had a 19th interview on Aug. 14, a day when a total of 1,300 Americans were killed and 168,000 dead.
However, Trump still denied any responsibility.
“Nothing more could be done,” he said when Woodward suggested the election was a battle between Trump, Joe Biden and the virus.
Trump added, “I acted early.”
Contrary to what the president said in the bombshell interviews that have been widely reported, Trump said of the virus on Tuesday that he actually “ played it up in terms of action. ”
Responding to Trump’s latest comments, Woodward said, “ We live in an Orwellian world, and this isn’t just about a political issue or some geopolitical issue.
‘It’s about the lives of people in this country, and he was told – he knew. He told me. ‘
While Woodward doesn’t sound alarmed during his talks with Trump, he explained why it’s hard to tell what he thinks during the interviews.
‘My job is not to be emotional and I’ve been doing it for 50 years and I’ve tried to put the emotions out, but this is a story and unfortunately it’s not over yet,’ he told Cooper.
‘We’re in the middle of the fucking pandemic and you’re talking to the doctors like me and the experts and if we had gotten the kind of warning and this kind of’ this is what you guys can do ‘this could be over. ‘