Bob Woodward sat down with 60 Minutes’ Scott Pelley to discuss his new book, Rage, and shared conversations he had with President Donald Trump about North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, as well as reading some of the “love letters” that were exchanged between the two world leaders.
Woodward told Pelley that Trump repeatedly said to him that the situation with North Korea was far more fraught than many people realized.
After North Korea tested its first intercontinental missile in 2017, Trump authorized Defense Secretary James Mattis to shoot down any North Korean missile aimed at the United States. “You don’t know how close we were to war,” Trump said to Woodward.
CBS News reports:
Woodward has more than two dozen letters exchanged in their diplomatic courtship. Kim says to Trump, “Our meetings, our relationship, is out of a fantasy film.”
He says, “There is a magical force between us. Even now, I cannot forget that moment of history, when I firmly held your Excellency’s hand as the whole world watched.”
Bob Woodward: “They never figured out who was writing them. But the analysts concluded that they’re masterpieces. Because they are appealing to Trump’s sense of grandiosity.”