North Korean despot Kim Jong Un viewed former President Barack Obama as “an asshole,” President Trump told Washington Post editor Bob Woodward, touting his own relationship with Kim.
Trump made the claim during a series of interviews for Woodward’s upcoming book, excerpts of which were released on the big screen on Wednesday.
In contrast, Kim spoke highly of Trump in letters between the two leaders, which Trump described as “love letters, really,” independently obtained by Woodward.
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Kim reportedly wrote in a letter “that moment in history when I firmly 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.”
Trump went on to tell Woodward, “He had never smiled before. I’m the only one he’s smiling with.
The secret, said the former real estate mogul, was that he had approached Kim as a potential client in three face-to-face meetings in a push for nuclear disarmament in the Hermit Kingdom.
“It’s really like, you know, someone who’s in love with a house and they just can’t sell it,” Trump told Woodward.
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Trump rejected criticism that the sitdowns only served to give the iron-fisted dictator the legitimacy he so longed for.
” I met. A big deal with the king, ”Trump told Woodward. “It takes me two days. I met. I did not give up anything.