Washington, September 10
President Donald Trump’s feedback concerning the risk from the novel coronavirus attracted widespread consideration after excerpts from journalist Bob Woodward’s e book ‘Rage’ had been launched.
The excerpts additionally present new particulars concerning the President’s ideas on North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, racial unrest and a mysterious new weapon that Trump claims different world powers do not find out about.
Some of the opposite matters coated within the e book, which was based mostly on 18 interviews that Woodward carried out with Trump between December and July and with others (excerpts from the e book had been reported by The Washington Post, the place Woodward is an editor, and Woodward wrote that Trump stated he was impressed with Kim when he first met the North Korean chief in Singapore in 2018 and that Kim was “far beyond smart”. Trump additionally stated that Kim “tells me everything” and even gave the president a graphic account of how Kim had his personal uncle killed.
As he engaged in nuclear arms talks with Kim, Trump dismissed intelligence officers’ assessments that North Korea would by no means hand over its nuclear weapons. Trump informed Woodward that the CIA had “no idea” how one can deal with Pyongyang.
Trump additionally dismissed criticism about his three conferences with Kim, claiming the summits had been no massive deal. Critics stated that by assembly Kim, Trump offered the North Korean chief with legitimacy on the world stage.
“It takes me two days. I met. I gave up nothing,” stated the President, who likened North Korea’s attachment to its nuclear arsenal to someone who’s in love with a home and “they just can’t sell it”.
Kim welcomed Trump’s consideration, calling the President “your excellency” in a letter. Kim wrote to Trump that he believed the “deep and particular friendship between us will work as a magical pressure”.
In June, after federal brokers forcibly eliminated protesters from Washington’s Lafayette Square to make means for Trump to stage a photograph alternative exterior a church close to the White House the place he held up a bible, Trump referred to as Woodward to boast about how he was for “law and order”. “We’re going to get ready to send in the military slash National Guard to some of these poor bastards that don’t know what they’re doing, these poor radical lefts,” Trump informed Woodward, who recorded Trump.
Later that month, Woodward requested the President if, as a white man, he had a accountability to higher “understand the anger and pain” felt by Black Americans.
“No,” Trump replied. “I don’t feel that at all.” As Woodward pressed Trump about discrimination and inequalities suffered by Black individuals through the years, the President pointed to how the unemployment charge for Black Americans fell earlier than the pandemic.
When the 2 spoke once more about race relations on June 22, Woodward requested Trump whether or not he thought there was systemic racism in America.
“Well, I think there is everywhere,” Trump stated. “I think probably less here than most places. Or less here than many places.” Asked by Woodward whether or not racism “is here” within the United States in a means that impacts individuals’s lives, Trump replied: “I think it is. And it’s unfortunate. But I think it is.”
In discussions with Woodward about rising tensions in 2017 between the US and North Korea, Trump stated: “I’ve constructed a nuclear—a weapons system that no one’s ever had on this nation earlier than. We have stuff that you have not even seen or heard about. We have stuff that (Russian President Vladimir) Putin and (Chinese President Jinping) Xi have by no means heard about earlier than. There’s no one—what we’ve got is unimaginable.”
Woodward writes that sources, who spoke to him on situation of anonymity, confirmed that the US navy had a “secret new weapons system”. But the sources didn’t present particulars and informed Woodward, in response to the e book, that they had been stunned Trump had disclosed it.
Trump nationwide safety adviser Robert O’Brien informed Fox News’ ‘Special Report’ on Wednesday that the President didn’t speak about any particular weapon system. “We’re all the time on the innovative and we have all the time bought one thing on the market that our adversaries do not find out about,” O’Brien stated.
Woodward’s e book quotes Jared Kushner, the President’s son-in-law and senior adviser, as saying, “The most harmful individuals across the President are overconfident idiots.”
The e book additionally quotes Kushner as saying that he suggested individuals to consider “Alice in Wonderland” when attempting to grasp the Trump presidency.
The novel is a couple of woman who falls by a rabbit gap and Kushner, in response to Woodward, singled out the Cheshire cat, whom he stated had endurance and persistence, not course.
Woodward’s e book additionally discusses how some top-level administration officers contemplated quitting. AP