Transcripts from Kim Jong Un & # 39; love letters to Donald Trump have revealed that the dictator is crawling over their peace summit in Singapore, wishing the president a happy birthday and Barack Obama as & # 39; a ** hole & # 39; designated.
"I cannot forget that moment in history as I held your Excellency's hand in this beautiful and sacred place while the whole world watched with great interest and hope to relive the honor of that day," the despot wrote on Aug. December 2018 to Trump.
He was referring to their summit in Singapore 200 days ago, when, according to the dictator, the two met in an environment "reminiscent of a scene from a fantasy film".
A year after their historic meeting, Kim wrote, “I warmly and warmly greet Your Excellency on your birthday.
"My greetings also to the First Lady and the rest of your family and all of your people, and I wish everyone good health and happiness and hope that every dream becomes a beautiful reality."
He also celebrated their trip to Vietnam on January 18, 2019, writing: "Every minute we shared 103 days ago in Hanoi was also a moment of fame that remains a precious memory."
They are part of 27 letters that Bob Woodward received for his new book Rage, in which Kim Trump repeatedly called "Your Excellency" and wrote that the "deep and special friendship between us will act as a magical force".
Transcripts from Kim Jong Un & # 39; love letters to Donald Trump have revealed that the dictator is crawling over their peace summit in Singapore, wishing the president a happy birthday and Barack Obama and & # 39; a ** hole & # 39; calls.
Trump scrutinized Kim during more than 18 hours of taped conversations with Woodward while rejecting former President Barack Obama.
“I think he's highly overrated. And I don't think he's a great speaker, ”Trump said of the well-known speaker. He said Kim thought Obama was "a ** hole".
Trump told Woodward that he found Kim "way beyond smart". He said Kim "tells me everything" – including what the Post called a "graphic account" of his uncle's death.
Kim's uncle Jang Song-thaek was reportedly executed by an anti-aircraft gun firing squad. A defector told CNN he was forced to watch his colleague's murder and that blood was poured on his face.
Two of the CNN-published transcripts of the letters between the United States and North Korea leaders published by CNN were among a series of allegations in Woodward's new book that surfaced Wednesday.
In 27 letters that Bob Woodward received for his new book Rage, Kim Trump repeatedly mentions "Your Excellency" and writes that the "deep and special friendship between us will act as a magical force".
Trump scrutinized Kim during more than 18 hours of taped conversations with Woodward while rejecting former President Barack Obama. “I think he's highly overrated. And I don't think he's a great speaker, ”Trump said of the well-known speaker. He said Kim thought Obama was "a ** hole"
They contained claims that Trump had downplayed the severity of the coronavirus in public – although he thought it was "more deadly" than the common flu.
Trump told Woodward that he found Kim "way beyond smart". He said Kim "tells me everything" – including what the Post called a "graphic account" of his uncle's death. Kim's uncle Jang Song-thaek (above) was reportedly executed by an anti-aircraft gun firing squad
Trump admitted on Wednesday that he didn't build the virus so as not to cause panic in the US.
“I'm a cheerleader for this country. I love this country. I don't want people to be scared. I don't want to panic, ”he told reporters at the White House.
“I am sure I will not frenzy this country or the world. We want to show trust. We want to show strength, we want to show strength as a nation. I did that, ”he added
Leadership is about trust. Trust is trust in our country, ”he noted.
Its inclusion comes after excerpts from Bob Woodward's upcoming book on the Trump administration, in which the president spoke privately about the deadly nature of the coronavirus in recorded interviews, despite publicly downplaying the severity of COVID-19.
TRANSCRIPTS BY KIM JONG US & # 39; LOVE LETTERS TO TRUMP
DECEMBER 25, 2018: Letter from Kim Jong Un to President Trump
It has been 200 days since the historic summit between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the United States in Singapore last June and the year is now drawing to a close. Even now, I cannot forget that moment in history as I held Your Excellency's hand in this beautiful and sacred place as the whole world watched with great interest and hope to relive the honor of that day. As I mentioned at the time, I am very honored to have developed an excellent relationship with a person like Your Excellency.
As the New Year 2019 approaches, critical issues still await us that will require endless efforts toward even higher ideals and goals. As Your Excellency has frankly said, at the beginning of the New Year the whole world will surely see another historic meeting between me and Your Excellency, reminiscent of a scene from a fantasy film.
I have already directed my closest and most trusted colleagues and the relevant bodies to expedite preparations for the holding of a second summit between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the United States, and I am ready to achieve good results at the next meeting with Your Excellency.
What worries me, however, is that we may not have any positive effects if both sides persist in our respective positions on the location of the summit. This could also result in a lot of time being wasted. Therefore, it is my position to urgently maintain high-level contact between the DPRK and the US to internally (translator's note: private) discuss and coordinate location issues.
I hope that at the second DPRK Summit, Your Excellency will again show great determination and excellent leadership to achieve results. I wholeheartedly hope that the things that Your Excellency wishes to achieve will bear great fruits.
I wish the honorable First Lady, your family, and those close to you health, happiness, and great success.
Sincerely, with unchanging respect for Your Excellency the President,
Chairman of the State Affairs Commission
Democratic People's Republic of Korea
Kim Jong Un
December 25, 2018
June 10, 2019: Letter from Kim Jong Un to President Trump
Your Excellency Mr. President,
I am writing this letter to you as we approach the first anniversary of our meeting in Singapore on June 12th – the historic moment of great significance that caught the world's attention and left an indelible mark on my memory to give you To congratulate your birthday which is only days away. It is a great honor for me to be able to send such a letter to Your Excellency.
I greet Your Excellency sincerely and warmly on the occasion of your birthday. My greetings also to the First Lady and the rest of your family and all of your people, and I wish everyone good health and happiness and hope that every dream becomes a beautiful reality.
Like the brief time we had together in Singapore a year ago, every minute we shared 103 days ago in Hanoi was a moment of fame that remains a precious memory. Such a precious memory, which I have in my unshakable respect for you, will inspire me to take my steps when we meet again one day.
I also believe that the deep and special friendship between us will act as a magical force in advancing relations between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the United States and removing any obstacles we face in bringing about the desired developments.
Your Excellency, Mr. President! I respect and still hope for the will and determination you showed at our first meeting to solve the problem of our unique style that no one had tried before and to write a new story. The reality today is that without a fresh approach and the courage it takes, the prospects for solving the problem will only be bleak.
I believe that one day will come sooner or later when we sit down together to make great things happen, willing to give our mutual trust another chance. Such a day should come again. It can easily be recorded as yet another fantastic moment in history.
I assure Your Excellency that my respect for you will never change.
Happy birthday again, Your Excellency. I hope your Excellency will always be in good health and succeed in your work. I send my best wishes on behalf of my family to the First Lady and the rest of your family.
Kim Jong Un
Two of the CNN-published transcripts of the letters between the United States and North Korea leaders published by CNN were among a series of allegations in Woodward's new book that surfaced Wednesday
President Donald Trump admitted downplaying the coronavirus threat so as not to panic
TRUMPS TWO VERY DIFFERENT VERSIONS OF THE VIRUS TRUTH
PUBLIC: JAN. 22nd
& # 39; We have it completely under control. It is a person who is from China. It will be fine. & # 39; – During the CNBC interview on the sidelines of the Davos Economic Forum in Switzerland.
PRIVATE: JAN. 28
Woodward says Trump's head "surfaced" when his National Security Adviser told him in a "harrowing" warning that the virus was the "greatest national security threat" to which he has faced.
PUBLICITY: JAN. 30th
“Hopefully it won't be as bad as some people think. But we work very closely with them and with many other people and many other countries. And we think we have it very well under control. & # 39; – During the Michigan trade show.
PRIVATE: FEB. 7th
“You just breathe in the air and that's over. And that is very difficult. It's very tricky. It's also more deadly than your strenuous river. & # 39; – Trump telephone interview with Woodward.
PUBLIC: FEB. 10
"I think the virus will be – it will be fine." – During the rally in New Hampshire.
PUBLIC: FEB. 26th
& # 39; The 15 (sample size in the US) will drop to near zero within a few days. … It's a flu. It's like the flu. & # 39; – During the White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing.
PUBLIC: MARCH 6th
“You have to be calm. It will go away. & # 39; – During the visit to the headquarters of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
PUBLIC: MARCH 7TH
“No, I'm not worried at all. No I'm not. No, we did a great job. & # 39; – After dinner with the Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.
PUBLIC: MARCH 13th
“We did a great job because we acted quickly. We acted early. And nothing we could have done is better than closing our borders to heavily infected areas. & # 39; – During the announcement of the rose garden to declare a national emergency.
PRIVATE: 19TH MARCH
“Now it turns out it's not just old people, Bob. Just today and yesterday some amazing facts came out. It's not just old – older. To be honest, I always wanted to downplay it. I still like to downplay it because I don't want to panic. & # 39; – Interview with Woodward.
PUBLIC: MARCH 24th
"I also hope that the Americans will work again this Easter – this beautiful Easter day."
PRIVATE: MARCH 30th
“I want to keep the country calm. I don't want to panic in the country. I could panic a lot better than you. & # 39; – In response to the reporter's suggestion that the Americans be given false assurances.
In taped interviews revealed Wednesday afternoon, Trump – who regularly speaks of his disdain for much of the "fake news" – spoke generously to Woodward – despite describing one of his earlier books as "a public scam".
"This is deadly stuff," the president told the Watergate reporter, the Washington couple and writer who interviewed US presidents who have returned to Nixon.
Trump did not deny the comments – he has previously blown up stories he does not like as "fake news" – but instead offered an explanation.
“We don't want to cause panic. We don't want to jump up and down and start screaming that we have a problem that is a huge problem, scare everyone, ”the President said when he asked after the discrepancy between what he said to Woodward and the Statements that he made public were asked at the time.
And when asked by DailyMail.com how the American people can trust what he says, Trump said, “It's a big part of trust. We must have leadership, show leadership. The last thing you want to do is create a panic. & # 39;
He repeatedly said that his February public statements downplaying the threat posed by the coronavirus that has cost and numbered 200,000 American lives to date should avoid causing chaos and confusion.
“We don't want to have to panic. We won't panic. I did that, ”he said.
And he called the book – the latest in a series of books that portrayed his administration in a bad light – "another political hit."
"Woodward or anyone else, you can't show panic or you will have bigger problems," said the president.
The president shared his stern assessment with Woodward in taped telephone interviews in February as the virus spread from China to other parts of the world.
"You just breathe in the air and that's all over," Trump said in a call on Feb.7.
“And that is very difficult. It's very tricky. It's also more deadly than your busy flu. & # 39;
Trump was informed of the virus in the Oval Office on January 28, as excerpts from the Washington Post describe.
National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien warned, "This will be the greatest national security threat you face in your presidency," said Woodward.
O & # 39; Brien MP Matthew Pottinger warned the threat was akin to the 1918 pandemic flu, which killed 50 million people around the world.
Trump's head appeared at the warning.
But in public it was a completely different story. After the briefing, he told the nation that the virus "will go away" and "everything would go well".
Trump told the nation on Jan. 30, “We think we have it very well under control. We have very few problems in this country right now – five. And these people are all recovering successfully. & # 39;
He told the nation on February 2nd, "Well, we pretty much turned it off when we got in from China."
February 7th – the date of the Woodward call – is the same date Trump tweeted about China's president: "Nothing is easy, but (Chinese President Xi Jinping) … will be successful, especially as the weather warms up and Hopefully the virus will weaken and then go away. & # 39;
Trump continued: & # 39; There is great discipline going on in China as President Xi strongly leads the very successful operation. We're working closely with China to help! & # 39;
Trump then said to Woodward in a March 19 interview, explaining his comments, "I always wanted to downplay it."
"I still like to downplay it because I don't want to panic," he said.
Bob Woodward interviewed the president when the virus raged
Don't panic: This was the scene in a makeshift morgue outside Wyckoff Hospital in the Brooklyn neighborhood of New York on April 4, 2020.
Trump spoke to Woodward about his talks with China's President Xi Jinping over the course of the pandemic
18 INTERVIEWS WITH DONALD TRUMP – LIKE & # 39; BIGGEST STAR & # 39; WOODWARD RECEIVED HIS SHOVEL
Woodward conducted 18 interviews with Trump between December and July, according to the Post.
THE WOODWARD TAPES: TRUMP ON …
Coronavirus (February 7th)
“You just breathe in the air and that's over. And that is very difficult. It's very tricky. It's also more deadly than your busy flu. & # 39;
Who it concerns (March 19th)
“Now it turns out that it's not just old people who are bad. Just today and yesterday some amazing facts came out. It's not just old, it's older. Young people too, lots of young people. & # 39;
The Truth About COVID (March 19)
“I always wanted to downplay it. I still like to downplay it because I don't want to panic. & # 39;
How bad it is (april 5th)
& # 39;It is a terrible thing. It's amazing. & # 39;
The danger (April 13th)
"It's so transferable that you wouldn't even believe it."
Barack Obama (undated)
“I don't think Obama is smart. I think he's highly overrated. And I don't think he's a great speaker. & # 39;
Kim Jong Un
"Far beyond smart." "Tell me everything."
& # 39;I met. Big damn thing. I need two days. I met. I haven't given up anything. & # 39;
Authoritarians like Erdogan from Turkey
“It's funny, the relationships I have, the harder and meaner they are, the better I get on with them. You know? Explain this to me one day, okay? & # 39;
The top ranks of the military
“My damn generals are a bunch of pussies. They care more about their alliances than about trade deals. & # 39;
Kamala Harris and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (early February)
& # 39; Hate! See the hatred! See the hatred! & # 39;
“I've done a lot for the Black Community. And honestly I don't feel love. & # 39;
“You really drank the Kool-Aid, didn't you? Just listen to you. & # 39;
As in his previous work, he relies on anonymous sourcing and "deep background" information.
Trump was convinced that talking to Woodward could have resulted in a more favorable representation in the book, according to officials.
Trump had always held Woodward in high esteem – he considered the journalist the biggest star in the field – and told the aides he insisted on being interviewed if Woodward wrote again, officials said.
"Trump never seemed ready to fully mobilize the federal government and seemed to drive away the problems of the states again and again," writes Woodward in the book, which for decades reveals the internal workings of the administrations.
"There was no real management theory in case or how to organize a massive corporation to deal with one of the most complex emergencies the United States has ever faced."
The nation's leading expert on infectious diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, has thoroughly reviewed Trump's actions in private – even when attempting to tone down comments in public.
Woodward quotes Fauci, who calls Trump "rudderless," saying his "attention span is like a minus number".
"Its only purpose is to be re-elected," Fauci told an employee, according to the book.
& # 39; IT'S NOT MY FAIL. & # 39; TRUMPS CLOSING WORDS TO WOODWARD – WHO IS NOW FOR A & # 39; HIT JOB & # 39; SHINE
Trump, who has referred to COVID-19 as the "China virus", did not appear to regret Woodward any more personally than in public. & # 39; The virus has nothing to do with me. It's not my fault, ”he said to Woodward on July 21st.
At the White House, where a scheduled meeting was delayed by an hour due to the publication of excerpts, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany pushed aside repeated questions about how Trump could share serious warnings with Woodward while publicly saying the virus would go away.
The President expressed calm. The President hoped that we could manage this and manipulate it to go away as soon as possible. The President took the opportunity and did just that, ”she said.
She also referred to the financial markets. & # 39; He took this seriously, but he was still calm. Our food supply chains were at risk. We couldn't do mass runs in grocery stores. The Markets – The economy also played a role here. We didn't want a big crash and panic, ”she said.
"DANGEROUS" AND DOES PUTIN HAVE SOMETHING ABOUT HIM? DEVASTATING VERDICTS OF MATTIS AND COATS
Former Secretary of Defense James Mattis once heard President Donald Trump disparage senior military officials because he and other national security experts had deep-seated concerns about the president, according to Bob Woodward's new book.
Mattis heard Trump say in a meeting: "My damn generals are a bunch of pussies" because military leaders care more about alliances than trade deals, the book cited as the president's justification.
Mattis, who resigned from government in December 2018 after Trump decided to withdraw US troops from Syria, spoke to Woodward calling Trump "dangerous", "unfit" and saying he had "no moral compass," the excerpts say from CNN.
Former Defense Secretary James Mattis overheard the comment and told Woodward that he considered Trump "dangerous", "unfit" and said he had "no moral compass".
Former director of the National Intelligence Service, Dan Coats, "continued to have a secret belief (not supported by intelligence evidence) that Putin (Trump President Vladimir) Putin had something about Trump," the book says
WHAT YOU SAID ABOUT TRUMP
Jim Mattis, Secretary of Defense
"There may come a time when we need to take collective action." & # 39; Dangerous. He's not fit. & # 39; & # 39;The president doesn't have a moral compass. & # 39;
Dan Coats, director of the National Intelligence Service
& # 39;For him a lie is not a lie. It's exactly what he thinks. He doesn't know the difference between the truth and a lie. & # 39; He was sure that Trump had chosen to play on the dark side – the monetary interests of New York real estate culture and international finance with its corrupt dealmaking where you can make anything. Anything to get ahead, anything to make a deal.
Dr. Tony Fauci, Director of the NIH
& # 39; Taxless. & # 39; "His attention span is like a minus number." "Its only purpose is to be re-elected."
Jared Kushner, son-in-law, consultant
The goal is to get his head from the government to the campaign. & # 39;
George W. Bush, former president
"He would misinterpret everything I said."
"He's the wrong man for the job."
He said he quit "when I was basically told to do what I thought was not only stupid but stupid too."
Mattis also believed that Trump's actions on the global stage gave opponents a playbook on how to destroy America.
After leaving the administration, he and Dan Coats, the former director of the national intelligence service, discussed whether to take "collective action" and speak out against Trump.
Coats & # 39; continued to harbor the secret belief that Putin (Russian President Vladimir) Putin had something against Trump despite not being backed by intelligence evidence but rather having waned, & # 39; wrote Woodward.
How else can you explain the President's behavior? Coats couldn't see any other explanation, ”the famous Watergate journalist went on.
Coats and his staff had "investigated the intelligence services as carefully as possible," and the DNI still had questions about Trump and Putin's relationship. & # 39;
"Coats saw how extraordinary it was for the president's chief intelligence officer to harbor such deep suspicions about the president's relationship with Putin," said Woodward. "But he couldn't shake her."
CNN, and then The Washington Post, released excerpts Wednesday minutes before White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany was due to brief the press – a meeting that was delayed.
Es wird für das Weiße Haus schwierig sein, Abschnitte des Buches zu widerlegen.
Woodward zeichnete seine Interviews mit Trump auf, wobei einige Audioclips auf der CNN-Webseite enthalten waren. Er sprach auch mit einer Reihe hochkarätiger Ex-Beamter wie Mattis.
Das Zitat „Haufen Fotzen“ wurde dank Mattis, der einen Adjutanten bat, es in einer E-Mail an ihn zu schreiben, in Echtzeit dokumentiert.
Trump kritisierte auch Militärbeamte in einem Gespräch mit Woodward.
"Ich würde nicht sagen, dass sie dumm sind, weil ich das niemals über unser Militär sagen würde", sagte Trump.
Aber er beschwerte sich weiter über US-Allianzen mit der NATO und Südkorea.
'Aber wenn sie das sagten, waren sie – wer auch immer das sagte, dumm. Es ist ein schreckliches Geschäft … sie verdienen so viel Geld. Kostet uns 10 Milliarden Dollar. Wir sind Trottel «, sagte Trump dem Journalisten.
Trump steht seit fast einer Woche unter Beschuss, weil er angeblich Kommentare zu den Kriegstoten in Amerika abgegeben hat, wie in einem explosiven Artikel im Atlantik dokumentiert, der sie als "Verlierer" und "Trottel" bezeichnet.
Er grub das Loch tiefer, bis er am Montag vorschlug, dass Pentagon-Messing Soldaten in den Krieg schicken, weil sie Verteidigungsunternehmen beschwichtigen wollen.
Trump schlug vor, dass, während Soldaten mit ihm zufrieden sind, die Top-Leute im Pentagon es wahrscheinlich nicht sind, weil sie nichts anderes tun wollen, als Kriege zu führen, damit all diese wunderbaren Kompanien, die die Bomben und Flugzeuge herstellen und alles andere herstellen Bleib Fröhlich.'
Am Dienstag lehnte der höchste Beamte der Armee diesen Gedanken ab – und behauptete gleichzeitig, er habe nicht direkt auf die Kommentare des Präsidenten reagiert.
"Ich kann dem amerikanischen Volk versichern, dass die hochrangigen Führer nur empfehlen würden, unsere Truppen in den Kampf zu schicken, wenn dies für die nationale Sicherheit und einen letzten Ausweg erforderlich ist", sagte Generalstabschef James McConville gegenüber Defence One. "Wir nehmen dies sehr, sehr ernst, wie wir unsere Empfehlungen aussprechen."
McConville wies auch darauf hin, dass einige Spitzenkommandanten Kinder haben, die beim Militär dienen.
WARUM HABE ICH DIE TRUMP BÄNDER GEHEIM BIS JETZT VON BOB WOODWARD GEHALTEN?
Woodward, der weitverbreitete Kritik ausgesetzt war, weil er Präsident Donald Trumps frühe Besorgnis über die Schwere des Coronavirus erst jetzt offenbarte, sagte gegenüber The Associated Press am Mittwoch, er brauche Zeit, um sicherzugehen, dass Trumps private Kommentare vom Februar korrekt seien.
"Er sagt mir das und ich denke:" Wow, das ist interessant, aber ist es wahr? " Trump sagt Dinge, die nicht auschecken, oder? ' Woodward erzählte dem AP während eines Telefoninterviews.
Mit einem berühmten Satz aus der Watergate-Ära, als Woodwards Berichterstattung für die Post zum Rücktritt von Präsident Richard Nixon führte, sagte Woodward, seine Mission sei es, zu bestimmen: "Was wusste er und wann wusste er es?"
Auf Twitter und anderswo im Internet warfen Kommentatoren Woodward vor, Buchverkäufe gegenüber der öffentlichen Gesundheit zu bewerten. "Fast 200.000 Amerikaner sind gestorben, weil weder Donald Trump noch Bob Woodward etwas Wesentliches riskieren wollten, um das Land auf dem Laufenden zu halten", schrieb Charles P. Pierce von Esquire.
Das Problem der täglichen Journalisten, die aktuelle Informationen in Büchern präsentieren, ist nicht neu.
Der Wettbewerb um Aufmerksamkeit ist intensiv und Schlagzeilen steigern den Umsatz und die Gastaufnahmen für Interviews.
Der Reporter Michael S. Schmidt von der New York Times machte kürzlich auf sein Buch "Donald Trump gegen die Vereinigten Staaten" aufmerksam, indem er neue Details über einen unangekündigten Besuch von Trump im Militärkrankenhaus Walter Reed im November 2019 berichtete. Schmidt berichtete, dass Vice Präsident Mike Pence wurde alarmiert, dass er möglicherweise kurzzeitig die Befugnisse der Präsidentschaft übernehmen muss, wenn der Präsident sich einem Verfahren unterziehen muss, das eine Anästhesie erfordert.
Pence sagte später, er erinnere sich nicht daran, für den Reed-Besuch in Bereitschaft versetzt worden zu sein, der laut Angaben des Weißen Hauses Teil der jährlichen Routine des Präsidenten gewesen sei. Doch Schmidts Buch spekulierte erneut über Trumps Gesundheit.
Political figures with book deals also have been chastised for holding back timely material. Former national security adviser John Bolton, whose scathing memoir 'The Room Where It Happened' came out in June, declined discussing Trump's actions towards Ukraine while the impeachment hearings were being held earlier this year.
Woodward's book, which comes out next week, draws from 18 conversations with Trump between December and July.
During his AP interview, Woodward said Trump called him 'out of the blue' in early February to 'unburden himself' about the virus, which then had few cases in the U.S.
But Woodward said that only in May was he satisfied that Trump's comments were based on reliable information and that by then the virus had spread nationwide.
'If I had done the story at that time about what he knew in February, that's not telling us anything we didn't know,' Woodward said. At that point, he said, the issue was no longer one of public health but of politics. His priority became getting the story out before the election in November.
'That was the demarcation line for me,' he said. 'Had I decided that my book was coming out on Christmas, the end of this year, that would have been unthinkable.'
Asked why he didn't share Trump's February remarks for a fellow Post reporter to pursue, Woodward said he had developed 'some pretty important sources' on his own.
'Could I have brought others in? Could they have done things I couldn't do?' he asked. 'I was on the trail, and I was (still) on the trail when it (the virus) exploded.'
North Korean dictator King Jong-un refers in a letter to Trump to 'another historic meeting between myself and Your Excellency reminiscent of a scene from a fantasy film,' in a letter quoted by Bob Woodward in his book
'I feel pleased to have formed good ties with such a powerful and preeminent statesman as Your Excellency,' Kim wrote Trump
Trump called the dictator ''beyond smart.' Here Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, in Panmunjom, South Korea, June 30, 2019
He said Kim 'tells me everything' – including what the Post termed a 'graphic account' of having his uncle Jang Song Thaek (r) killed
HIS LEADERSHIP IS 'RUDDERLESS' AND HIS ATTENTION SPAN IS LIKE A MINUS NUMBER': DR. FAUCI'S MEDICAL REPORT
Infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci criticized President Donald Trump as 'rudderless' in dealing with the coronavirus, according to Bob Woodward's bombshell new book.
The nation's top infectious disease expert made the comment to an associate, according to Woodward's book 'Rage.' Excerpts of the book came out Wednesday.
Trump's 'attention span is like a minus number,' Woodward quotes Fauci as saying. 'His sole purpose is to get reelected,' according to the book, which reports Fauci told other players that Trump 'is on a separate channel' and wasn't focussed in meetings.
Those searing comments, contained in Washington Post excerpts, came on a day Fauci said he is 'frustrated' by large political gatherings where many people aren't wearing masks – even as he once again sought to temper what might come off as public criticism of Trump.
Fauci called on public officials to 'set an example' following a Trump rally in North Carolina attended by thousands of people.
Fauci, who for months has tried to balance his desire to share public health warnings without drawing headlines that put him at odds with President Trump, was asked on 'CBS This Morning' if it was frustrating for him as an expert to see rallies with large contingents of unmasked people.
'The president continues to hold these massive rallies where people are not wearing masks including the president himself,' interviewer Gayle King asked Fauci.
'Well, yes, it is. I've said that often,' Fauci responded. 'That situation is we want to set an example. Because we know that when you do four or five typical kind of public health measures: mask, physical distance, avoiding crowds, making sure you do most things outdoors versus indoors,' he continued.
'Those are the kinds of things that turn around surges and also prevent us from getting surges. So I certainly would like to see universal wearing of masks,' he said.
'His sole purpose is to get reelected,' infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci is quoted as saying about Trump in a new book by Bob Woodward
Fauci spoke as many states have reached a plateau in their coronavirus cases, but the nation has not yet experienced the steep downward slope some nations have achieved. The U.S. has experienced more than 190,000 deaths from COVID-19, with more than 6 million infections.
Fauci spoke hours after Trump staged two campaign rallies, one in Jupiter, Florida and another in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Hundreds gathered for the outdoor event, where the Winston-Salem Journal reported red hats outnumbered masks 100-1. A bank of people seated immediately behind Trump did include many people wearing masks.
Trump himself didn't wear one.
BIDEN: HE 'KNOWINGLY AND WILLINGLY LIED'
Democratic nominee Joe Biden tore into President Donald Trump for the revelations contained in Bob Woodward's forthcoming book: that he knew how serious COVID-19 was, while telling the American public something vastly different.
'He knew and purposely played it down,' an aghast Biden said Wednesday on a campaign trip to Michigan. 'Worse, he lied to the American people. He knowingly and willingly lied about the threat it posed to the country for months.'
In the CNN excerpts of the book, which include audio of Woodward's conversations with the president, Trump tells the journalist on February 7 that COVID-19 'goes through the air' and is 'more deadly' than the flu.
Democratic nominee Joe Biden went after President Donald Trump Wednesday for knowing just how dangerous the coronavirus was in February but downplaying it for months to the American people
Biden held a campaign event in Michigan that was supposed to be about preventing the offhosring of jobs, but he dedicated the top of his speech to the startling revelations found in Bob Woodward's forthcoming book
'So this is deadly stuff,' Trump adds, passing along information he had gotten the day before from China's President Xi Jinping.
A month and a half later, on March 19, Trump told Woodward he had been purposely downplaying the virus' seriousness.
'I wanted to always play it down,' Trump said. 'I still like playing it down, because I don't want to create a panic.'
Cut to September and many of Trump's own supporters don't appreciate the seriousness, as the president has held mass gatherings over the last few weeks where fans huddle together in close confines and don't wear masks.
Biden, on the other hand, has showed an overabundance of caution while trying to spend more time out on the campaign trail after spending months Zooming into events from his Delaware basement.
At Biden's Michigan event Wednesday, attendees' chairs had circles around them, and they were instructed not to leave that space.
'Please remain in your circles and keep your mask on for the duration of the event,' an overheard announcement said.
During his speech, Biden said his mask was only off because he was able to properly social distance – and the event was held outside.
The Woodward book has Trump saying in his own words that he downplayed the threat of the coronavirus because he didn't want to start a 'panic.' To this day, many Trump supporters don't take the pandemic seriously, as they gather tightly at his campaign events with many not wearing masks
Biden began his speech, which he was reading from a teleprompter, to pause and explain to the press why he didn't initially answer a shouted question at the airport about the Woodward book.
'We found out just getting off the plane the press asked me a legitimate question that I did not have the background on because it occurred on the plane,' Biden said mid-sentence, and then went back and re-started the prepared remarks.
It was clear, a minute later, that the speech had been updated, with Biden specifically addressing Woodward's reporting.
'On the day that we hit 190,000 dead in the United States because of COVID-19, we just learned from The Washington Post columnist Bob Woodward that the president of the United States has admitted, on tape, in February that he knew about COVID-19, that it passed through the air,' Biden said. 'He knew how deadly it was. It was much more deadly than the flu.'
Biden then turned to Trump's comments about intentionally downplaying it.
'And while this deadly disease ripped through our nation he failed to do his job on purpose,' Biden said. 'It's a life and death betrayal of the American people.'
Biden then mentioned some statistics, he claimed 54,000 lives could have been saved had Trump acted just two weeks earlier.
'He's unfit for this job as a consequence,' Biden said.
'How many schools aren't open right now? How many kids are starting the new school year the same way they ended the last one – at home. How many parents feel abandoned and overwhelmed?' Biden continued.
He said he worried American healthcare workers are 'exhausted and pushed to their limits.'
'And how many families are missing loved ones at their dinner table tonight because of his failures?' Biden said.
The former vice president called it 'beyond despicable.'
'It's a dereliction of duty. It's a disgrace,' Biden said.
Earlier, the Trump campaign held a call with reporters saying that their aim Wednesday was to prove Biden was bad on China, with campaign adviser Steve Cortes trying to stick the former vice president with the nickname 'Beijing Biden.'
Trump's handling of the coronavirus, which originated in China, was the biggest headline out of Woodward's book, which also featured juicy nuggets like Trump calling his military commanders a 'bunch of pussies.'
Biden had planned to go to Michigan to talk about the continued off-shoring of jobs.
'It's fascinating to me that Joe Biden is trying to masquerade as an economic nationalist,' Cortes said on the earlier call, as Trump won in 2016 in places like Michigan for talking about bad jobs and trade policies.
The Biden plan called for an 'offshoring tax penalty' on profits from products made abroad and then sold in the United States.
At the event, attended by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Sen. Debbie Stabenow, Biden vowed to help American industry and properly label American made products.
'We found out on Trump's watch a company selling deployment bags to active duty troops being deployed, falsely claimed its product was made in America, when it fact it was really made mostly in China,' Biden said. 'Trump didn't do anything to respond.'
'I'm not going to let that happen on my watch,' he continued, making the pitch to have a dedicated office at the White House so 'everybody is playing by the same 'Made in America' rules.'
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