Trump and Kim love notes: 'deep special friendship between us will work as a magical force'

Killing one’s half-brother using a reality-TV pretext to deliver VX neurotoxin and killing one’s uncle with multiple anti-aircraft guns makes for graphic accounts worthy of stories for Trump. Magical Force indeed.

“Kim describes the bond between the two leaders as out of a ‘fantasy film’, as the two leaders engage in an extraordinary diplomatic minuet”.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump’s comments about the threat from the novel coronavirus attracted widespread attention after excerpts from journalist Bob Woodward’s book “Rage” were released. The excerpts also provide new details about the president’s thoughts on North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, racial unrest and a mysterious new weapon that Trump claims other world powers don’t know about.

Some of the other topics covered in the book, which was based on 18 interviews that Woodward conducted with Trump between December and July and with others (excerpts from the book were reported by The Washington Post, where Woodward is an editor, and CNN):

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Woodward wrote that Trump said he was impressed with Kim when he first met the North Korean leader in Singapore in 2018 and that Kim was “far beyond smart.” Trump also said that Kim “tells me everything” and even gave the president a graphic account of how Kim had his own uncle killed.

As he engaged in nuclear arms talks with Kim, Trump dismissed intelligence officials’ assessments that North Korea would never give up its nuclear weapons. Trump told Woodward that the CIA has “no idea” how to handle Pyongyang.

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The 67-year-old (Jang Song-thaek) was considered the second most powerful official in North Korea and was killed immediately after a military trial in 2013 after being accused of trying to 'destabilise the country' after a meeting with Chinese officials in 2012.

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Greg Scarlatoiu, executive director of The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, said: 'These people who were executed by ZPU-4 anti-aircraft guns or flame throwers are denied this fundamental right of leaving behind a body for the family.

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Its title is derived from a conversation Woodward had with Trump at Trump’s hotel in Washington on 31 March 2016, the same discussion which produced the title for Fear.

Responding to Woodward’s contention that the Republican party had become home to “a lot of angst and rage and distress”, the then candidate for the party’s presidential nomination said:

“I bring rage out. I do bring rage out. I always have. I think it was … I don’t know if that’s an asset or a liability, but whatever it is, I do.”

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It’s Lindsey’s fault:

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