Donald Trump calls North Korea’s Kim Jong Un ‘fucking crazy’, new book says

Apart from the flowery words shared in their famous “love letters,” former US President Donald Trump once offered a candid and explicit assessment of North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un as they embarked on a unprecedented peace process, according to a forthcoming book by Washington post journalists Bob Woodward and Robert Costa.

The book, Danger, is expected to be released next Tuesday, but the leaked content has already started to cause a stir in the media. An unpublished excerpt previously shared with News week covers Trump’s relationship with Keith Kellogg, a retired lieutenant general who served as national security adviser to then Vice President Mike Pence.

“Trump felt comfortable with Kellogg. He could swear around him,” the authors wrote.

The president apparently felt so comfortable that he shot the young North Korean leader wielding a nuclear arsenal that the United States was trying to convince him to give up.

“‘I’m dealing with a mad ** king,’ Trump said in a meeting with Kellogg, referring to his engagement with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un,” according to Woodward and Costa’s book.

Neither a Trump spokesperson nor a media contact with Kellogg’s America First Policy Institute immediately responded to News weekrequest for comments.

Then-US President Donald Trump (left) addresses the media as he walks with North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un (right) during a break in talks during their first historic summit between the United States and North Korea, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island in Singapore, June 12, 2018. After a year of exchanging threats and passionate insults, the two men pursued an unprecedented peace process that included flowery sentiments exchanged in public and private correspondence.
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The extract seen by News week did not provide a date when the words would have been spoken. Kellogg was transferred from his post as Executive Director and Chief of Staff of the White House National Security Council to that of Pence’s National Security Advisor on April 27, 2018, the same day that the first inter-Korean summit was held between Kim and South Korean President Moon. Jae-in.

The book describes Kellogg as being “torn between two worlds: Pence World, where he was the vice president’s national security adviser, and Trump World.”

“I’m making no secret of it. I’m a Trump loyalist,” Kellogg told the authors of the book, despite its publication under Pence.

Kellogg is said to have had his own nickname for President and Vice President: “Fire and Ice”.

“Pence was the complete opposite of Trump. Pence had an open Bible on his desk and prayed daily,” described the authors of the book. “He held Bible study meetings with friends and kept things tight with Marc Short and his wife, Karen Pence, with few others in the know. In four around Pence, Kellogg had never heard of him. swear – and Kellogg didn’t swear around him. “

By the time Kellogg settled into his new role, Trump had already accepted an invitation from Kim to hold a historic summit between their two nations, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had met the Supreme Leader just 10 days earlier. .

But even as the Trump administration gradually warmed to the idea of ​​Kim, the road to their eventual summit in Singapore was difficult, and the two were no strangers to engaging in slurs. In fact, Trump’s North Korean policies throughout his first year in the White House were dominated by a violent war of words.

Trump called Kim a “rocket man” in September 2017 and would continue to use that moniker to demean the North Korean dynasty and the arsenal of weapons his nation had developed, including intercontinental ballistic missiles and warheads. nuclear. Even before taking office, Trump called Kim a “maniac” during a debate between the Republic’s presidential candidates two years earlier.

Kim had her own store of creative terms for Trump, the most notable of which was ‘mentally deranged American whip,’ a term that sent reporters around the world searching for a dictionary just to find that Kim was essentially calling the US president more than twice. . his senile age.

Their feud had also taken darker turns, such as when Trump warned in August that North Korea “will face fire and fury like the world has never seen” if Kim continues to make threats. The phrase “fire and fury” would serve as the title of another prominent book on Trump by renowned journalist Michael Wolff.

The rivalry between Trump and Kim peaked in early 2018, when the two men indicated the prospect of using weapons of mass destruction by individually referring to the “nuclear button” on their respective desks. Soon after, however, tensions quickly eased as diplomacy quietly developed between North Korea and the United States’ ally South Korea.

When their first summit between the United States and North Korea in Singapore took place in June, Trump and Kim regularly expressed their goodwill and quickly exchanged what the American president himself called “letters from” love”. This correspondence became the subject of Woodward’s previous book, Rage, which was published last year and covered some 27 messages exchanged between Trump and Kim.

Little is known about the details of this communication, only that much of it was imbued with a deep sense of flattery. For those hoping for an end to the decades-long conflict, it almost seemed to bear fruit as the two Koreas began to draw up plans for future cooperation.

However, Trump and Kim’s pressure for peace eventually collapsed. Even a second summit in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi and the third meeting alongside South Korean President Moon Jae-in along the heavily fortified demilitarized zone between the two rival Koreas did not result in an agreement that would guarantee denuclearization from North Korea in exchange for sanctions relief and lasting peace on the peninsula.

Tensions gradually returned to the region, and Trump’s successor, President Joe Biden, inherited a cold shoulder from Kim.

But the return to civilian life hasn’t stopped Trump from influencing North Korean politics. Soon after, Moon criticized Trump for failing to strike a deal with North Korea in an interview with The New York Times in April, the former US president attacked the South Korean leader, calling him “weak” and appearing to prefer dealing with Kim.

“Kim Jong-un of North Korea, whom I have come to know (and love) under the most difficult circumstances, has never respected the current President of South Korea, Moon Jae-in,” Trump said in a statement at the time.

He also praised his avoidance of nuclear conflict, a common theme in his remarks on North Korea. Last month, the former president once again praised his relationship with Kim and said the alternative would have been catastrophic.

“I have a great relationship with [Kim]Trump told Newsmax. “We haven’t had a war. It would have been a nuclear nightmare. It would have been bad. “

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