Donald Trump shared the jaw-droppingly loved-up letters he received from Kim Jong-un which saw the North Korean despot reminisce about the time they held hands.
In one letter to the President of the United States after their historic first June 2018 meeting, Kim said: ‘I feel pleased to have formed good ties with such a powerful and preeminent statesman as Your Excellency.’
He then reminisced about ‘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.’
Another the North Korean dictator sent to Trump after their historic meeting was equally florid, and saw Kim share his desire for ‘another historic meeting between myself and Your Excellency reminiscent of a scene from a fantasy film.’
Trump told journalist Bob Woodward that he was flattered by Kim’s gushing praise, and recalled thinking ‘Holy Shit’ the first time they met, on realizing Kim was ‘far beyond smart.’
The president, who spoke on-the-record to Washington Post journalist Woodward for his new book Rage, refused to share details of the letters he’d sent Kim in return, branding their contents ‘top secret.’
Trump did share a claim that Kim had branded his predecessor Barack Obama ‘an asshole.’
The two men enjoyed the first meeting between a sitting US president and North Korean leader in Singapore in June 2018, where Kim promised to scale back his country’s nuclear program in return for financial aid from the US.
Trump also hinted at Kim’s darker side. He said the murderous dictator – famed for killing potential rivals and putting insubordinates in horrific prison camps – had shared a graphic account of having his own uncle killed.
The men have met twice so far, with their second meeting taking place in June 2019. Trump claims to have dramatically thawed relations between the two countries, after Kim previously threatened to launch a nuclear missile aimed at the United States west coast.
But critics say their glitzy encounters gave the despot legitimacy, without extracting any firm promises on disarmament from Kim.
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