Excerpts from Rage, a new biography of President Donald Trump by journalist Bob Woodward, have hit headlines this week. Alongside Trump’s handling of the coronavirus crisis and his comments on racism in America, his relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will also be examined.
In an interview with journalist Bob Woodward for his upcoming biography Rage, Donald Trump boasts that Kim Jong Un ‘tells me everything’. This reportedly includes a ‘graphic’ description of how Kim had his uncle General Jang Song-Thaek executed by firing squad before stripping his body and feeding it to dogs and putting his head on display.
Trump first met with Kim Jong Un in June 2018, in what was the first-ever meeting between leaders of the United States of America and North Korea. The President was criticised by many for legitimising the North Korean leader with this meeting. Trump defended his actions, saying ‘It takes me two days. I met. I gave up nothing.’
According to publisher Simon & Schuster, Rage, which is due to be published next week on September 15th, will divulge the contents of ‘25 personal letters exchanged between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who describes the bond between the two leaders as out of a “fantasy film¨’.
In one letter, Kim wrote to Trump
I feel pleased to have formed good ties with such a powerful and preeminent statesman as Your Excellency. 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 honor of that day.
Whilst Trump reportedly refused to share all of the letters that he had written to Kim Jong Un in response, he described the dictator as ‘far beyond smart’. In one letter he did show to Bob Woodward, Trump wrote: 'Do you ever do anything other than send rockets up to the air? Let's go to a movie together. Let's go play a round of golf.'