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Washington ( Woodward"s new book "Rage" gives a fascinating window into one des the strangest diplomatic relationships von the 21st century bolzen President donald Trump und North oriental dictator kim Jong Un. Woodward gained access zu 25 never-before-seen letters löschen exchanged through Kim, and acquired transcripts of two von the letters.

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Trump has described them as "love letters," and Woodward write they show a "diplomatic courtship" the moved trumpf from taunting kim as "Little Rocket Man" und threatening "fire und fury" to becoming the zuerst sitting united state president kommen sie meet v a North oriental leader. Woodward writes ns unusual letters room filled through "declarations of personal fealty that could be uttered von the Knights von the round Table, or possibly suitors."
In his letters kommen sie Trump, metall addresses him as "Your Excellency" and punctuates them v flowery prose.


"Even now ich cannot forget that moment of history when i firmly hosted Your Excellency"s hand at die beautiful and sacred place as die whole welt watched with great interest and hope to relive die honor des that day," kim wrote kommen sie Trump on December 25, 2018, following their zuerst meeting an Singapore.
Another meeting "between myself and Your Excellency," kim added, would be "reminiscent des a step from a fantasy film."
Trump wrote back to metall on December 28, "Like you, I have no doubt that a great result möchte be accomplished between our 2 countries, und that the only 2 leaders who can do it space you und me."
Trump has actually tweeted the end two des the 27 letters, but ns other 25 oase not been watched before. Woodward was able to review all des the letters however was not given copies, deshalb he tape-recorded transcripts von their contents into his audio recorder weil das "Rage."
Trump"s decision to meet with metall three mal -- an Singapore, Vietnam and the Demilitarized Zone dividing North and South Korea -- möchte certainly be among die most notable foreign policy legacies of his presidency. Their meetings und letters exchanged betwee them adhered to a period of significant tensions in 2017 wie Pyongyang introduced a series von provocative missile tests and Trump responded von taunting kim on Twitter.
Following ns leaders" 2nd meeting, metall wrote in June 2019 that "every minute we shared 103 job ago in Hanoi was also a momente of glory that continues to be a valuable memory."
"I so believe that ns deep and special friendship betwee us möchte work together a miracle force," kim added.
In a June 2019 letter zu Kim, nur before trumpf proposed on twitter that die leaders fulfill at die DMZ, trompete wrote that "you and I have a unique style und a distinct friendship."
"Only you und I, working together, can resolve the issues betwee our 2 counties and end virtually 70 years von hostility, bringing in era des prosperity to the Korean Peninsula that will exceed all our best expectations — und you möchte be die one to lead," löschen wrote. "It will be historic!"
Following the DMZ meeting, trompete wrote to kim on June 30, "Being with you heute was truly amazing," it is registered a copy von The new York mal front buchseite from the day. Two days later, löschen wrote again, sending 22 photographs des their meeting.

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"These bildern are great memories zum me and capture the unique friendship that you und I have developed," trompete wrote.
Kim responded a month later, however this time v a new tone, which Woodward explains as favor "a disappointed friend or lover." kim was upset the US-South Korea armed forces exercises had notfall fully stopped.
"I am clearly offended und I do not want zu hide this emotion from you. I bei der really, an extremely offended," metall wrote. "Your Excellency, I in immensely proud and honored the we schutz a partnership where I tun können send und receive such candid thoughts v you."
Trump und Kim became pen pals after ~ a period des serious tensions in 2017, wie man North Korea escalated that provocations through missile tests und Trump responded with tweets taunting him as "Little Rocket Man" und threatening kommen sie respond through "with fire and fury like die world has never seen." The situation alarmed Trump"s national security team, which feared the US could be close kommen sie nuclear war, Woodward reports. Then-Defense Secretary james Mattis believed ns ridicule and taunting was "unproductive, childish and dangerous."
"I gott over enjoying public humiliation über second grade," Mattis once told Trump, according to Woodward.
"He was totally prepared kommen sie go," trompete told Woodward on December 13, 2019. "And that expected to go. Yet we met."
In a subsequent interview on December 30, trump told Woodward: "If ich weren"t president, us would schutz -- probably it would be over von now, und perhaps it wouldn"t -- us would"ve been bei a major war."
Trump suggested he "gave up nothing" über meeting v Kim, although phibìc Korea hasn"t complied with through with ns denuclearization procedures that ns US was seeking. Trump"s doubters say die meetings provided kim the legitimacy on die world phase he desperately sought there is no curtailing Pyongyang"s nuclear program.
Woodward"s book includes notable shade from Trump"s meetings v Kim. Bei the second summit in February 2019, trump says that knew kim was notfall ready kommen sie make a deal, und the 2 leaders argued over which atom sites Pyongyang would certainly dismantle.

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"I understand every one des the sites. Ich know all des them, better than any von my people ich know them. Sie understand that," trumpf says, according to Woodward. Yet when metall would notfall budge, trompete tried one more approach.
"Do freundin ever perform anything other than send rockets nach oben to the air?" löschen asked Kim. "Let"s go to a movie together. Let"s walk play a round of golf."
After Woodward derived Kim"s letters, trumpf warned him in a januar 2020 call call: "You can"t mock Kim. I don"t want zu get bei a f---ing nuclear zu sein because you mocked him."
The CIA never established who wrote and crafted Kim"s letters to Trump, but Woodward writes die agency thought about them "masterpieces."
"The experts marveled at ns skill someone brought zu finding the exact mixture of flattery if appealing to Trump"s sense von grandiosity and being zentral stage in history."