In his new book, Bob Woodward describes how Trump’s allies have tried to control his “childish” foreign policy in government.
The Guardian quotes Bob Woodward, a veteran American journalist and revealer of the Watergate scandal in the Nixon administration, in this new revealing book about Donald Trump entitled “Anger” at the events between July and November 2017, when Pyongyang It has tested several long-range missiles capable of hitting US soil and launched its sixth underground nuclear test.
According to the book, James Mattis, then Secretary of Defense, slept in sportswear and wore a bell out of fear that it might hit North Korea’s next missile, and that a sudden decision situation arose due to the possibility of a nuclear war. He had installed a warning in the bathroom to warn him of a missile attack while taking a shower.
According to the book, although in the US command hierarchy the president decides to order a nuclear attack, Matisse believed that the president would ask him for advice.
Mattis asked Woodward, “What would you do if you had to?” You are going to burn two million people. No one has the right to kill anyone as far as I am concerned. But this is what I have to face.
Matisse’s concerns escalated after Trump tweeted threats of destruction and “fire and fury” against North Korea.
Mattis said the tweets were “useless, childish and dangerous” and called on Trump to step down.
In his book, Woodward also addressed the heartfelt letters that were exchanged following the easing of tensions between the United States and North Korea and the meeting of the two countries’ leaders between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un.
In December 2018, Kim Jong Un wrote in a letter recalling their first meeting held 200 days ago in Singapore: “Even now I can not forget the historic moment in which I held your hand in the beautiful and sacred place in front of the eyes of the world. To.
Woodward wrote that Trump was very excited to see the word “Your Excellency” in the letter.
The US president described the letters as “romantic” and told Kim Jong Un that they had “a special friendship and a unique style”. Trump told Woodward that the flattery was necessary to avoid catastrophe after the 2017 worries.
“You can’t make fun of Kim,” he warned Woodward. I do not want to get involved in a damn nuclear war because you have made fun of him.
U.S. intelligence officials have never been able to find out who composed and edited Kim Jong Un’s English prose, but Woodward wrote: Apply, they were amazed.
The book goes on to discuss various controversies surrounding Trump’s foreign policy. Despite the fact that Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s connection to Russia found no sign of collusion between him and Trump, Dan Coates, the US director of national intelligence, is convinced that Vladimir Putin “did something about Trump.”
“How do we explain Trump’s behavior?” Woodward wrote after an interview with the former top US intelligence chief. Coates saw no further explanation. He was convinced that Trump had chosen to play on the dark side – profitable New York real estate and international financial interests by trading at any cost to make money.
Trump easily shared his affinity with foreign powers with Woodward. “The relationships I have are interesting,” he told the reporter. The more stubborn and abusive they are, the better I get along with them.
In another part of the book, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson describes his trip to a meeting between Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem in May 2017, in which the Israeli Prime Minister showed a video to the US President that In it, Mahmoud Abbas, the head of the Palestinian Authority, incites violence against Jews.
Tillerson believed the tape was forged or tampered with, and that words and sentences were linked out of context, but Trump, who had previously distrusted Netanyahu, was completely convinced. The next day, in Bethlehem, Trump targeted Mahmoud Abbas, calling him a liar and a murderer, and cut off diplomatic relations and financial support for the Palestinians immediately afterwards.
“Netanyahu made this tape to deal with any pro-Palestinian sentiments that arise,” Tillerson concluded.
The US president is also proud of his relationship with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who in October 2019 persuaded Trump to announce the withdrawal of his country’s troops from northeastern Syria.
This made Matisse angry. Matisse predicted that Trump’s influence on his country would be lasting.
“This is posting the American experience,” he said. This is tangible. Truth no longer prevails in White House statements. To him, a lie is not the equivalent of a lie. It’s just what he thinks. He does not know the difference between truth and falsehood.