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Exclusive: Bob Woodward Releasing New Audiobook
‘The Trump Tapes’ With Eight Hours Of Recorded Interviews

Washington CNN  —  During a December 2019 Oval Office interview with then-President Donald Trump, Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward asked whether his bellicose rhetoric toward North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had been intended to drive Kim to the negotiating table.

“No. No. It was designed for whatever reason, it was designed. Who knows? Instinctively. Let’s talk instinct, okay?” Trump said. “Because it’s really about you don’t know what’s going to happen. But it was very rough rhetoric. The roughest.”

Trump then instructed his aides to show Woodward his photos with Kim at the DMZ. “This is me and him. That’s the line, right? Then I walked over the line. Pretty cool. You know? Pretty cool. Right?” the president said. 

Trump’s take on his relationship with Kim – and his admission that he didn’t have a broader strategy behind the threats he made about having a “much bigger” nuclear button – are part of a new audiobook that Woodward is releasing. Titled, “The Trump Tapes,” the book contains the 20 interviews Woodward conducted with Trump from 2016 through 2020. 

CNN obtained a copy of the audiobook ahead of its October 25 release, which includes more than eight hours of the journalist’s raw interviews with Trump interspersed with Woodward’s commentary.

SIMON & SCHUSTER  —  The interviews offer unvarnished insights into the former president’s worldview and are the most extensive recordings of Trump speaking about his presidency — including explaining his rationale for meeting Kim, his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Trump’s detailed views of the US nuclear arsenal. The audio also shows how Trump decided to share with Woodward the letters Kim wrote to him – the letters that helped spark the DOJ investigation into classified documents Trump took to Mar-a-Lago.

“And don’t say I gave them to you, okay?” Trump told Woodward.

Woodward said in the book’s introduction that he is releasing the recordings in part because “hearing Trump speak is a completely different experience to reading the transcripts or listening to snatches of interviews on television or the internet.” 

He describes Trump as “raw, profane, divisive and deceptive. His language is often retaliatory.”

“Yet, you will also hear him engaging and entertaining, laughing, ever the host. He is trying to win me over, sell his presidency to me. The full-time salesman,” Woodward said. “I wanted to put as much of Trump’s voice, his own words, out there for the historical record and so people could hear and judge and make their own assessments.”

Most of the interviews were conducted for Woodward’s second Trump book, “Rage,” which revealed that Trump told Woodward on February 7, 2020, that Covid-19 was “deadly stuff” but still downplayed it publicly. 

While the blockbuster revelations were published in Woodward’s book, the audio clips of the interviews are a stark reminder of how Trump acted as president and provide a candid look into Trump’s thinking and motivations as he gears up for another potential run for the White House in 2024.

‘EVERYTHING IS MINE’  —  In the interviews, Trump shares his views about the strongmen he admires – including Kim, Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan – and reveals his overarching conviction that he’s the smartest person in the room.

In a June 2020 interview, which followed the nationwide protests over George Floyd, Woodward asked Trump whether he had help writing his speech in which Trump declared himself the “president of law and order.” 

“I get, I get people. They come up with ideas. But the ideas are mine, Bob. The ideas are mine,” Trump told Woodward in a June 2020 interview. “Want to know something? Everything is mine. You know, everything. Every part of it.” 

The 20 interviews contained in the audiobook begin in March 2016, when Woodward and his then-Washington Post colleague Robert Costa interviewed Trump while he was a presidential candidate. The rest of the interviews were conducted in 2019 and 2020.

TRUMP ON PROCESS OF WRITING HIS SPEECHES —  In the December 2019 interview, Woodward questioned Trump about North Korea’s nuclear program, prompting the president to boast about US nuclear weapons capabilities while seemingly revealing a new – and likely highly classified – weapons system, which was one of the more eye-raising episodes from “Rage.”

Woodward says that he never could establish what Trump was referring to, though he notes that Trump’s comment reaffirmed the “casual, dangerous way” the former president treated classified information.

“I have built a weapons system that nobody’s ever had in this country before,” Trump told Woodward. “We have stuff that you haven’t even seen or heard about. We have stuff that Putin and Xi have never heard about before.” 

Throughout the interviews, Trump references his relationship with Putin, blaming the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s election interference for ruining his chances to improve the relationship between the two countries.

“I like Putin. Our relationship should be a very good one. I campaigned on getting along with Russia, China and everyone else,” Trump said in a January 2020 interview. “Getting along with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing, all right? Especially because they have 1,332 nuclear f***ing warheads.”

In a moment of rare self-reflection, Trump noted that had better relationships with leaders “the tougher and meaner they are.” 

“I get along very well with Erdogan, even though you’re not supposed to because everyone says what a horrible guy. But you know for me it works out good,” Trump said in a January 2020 interview.

“It’s funny, the relationships I have, the tougher and meaner they are, the better I get along with them. You know?” he continued. “Explain that to me someday, okay. But maybe it’s not a bad thing. The easy ones are the ones I maybe don’t like as much or don’t get along with as much.”

Woodward’s audiobook also includes never-before-heard interviews with Trump’s then-national security adviser Robert O’Brien, his deputy Matthew Pottinger, as well as behind-the-scenes audio with Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner.

During a call with Woodward in February 2020, Trump hands the phone over to Kushner to set up interviews with other Trump advisers.

“What I heard from the president is basically that I now work for you, so I will make myself available around that schedule and I will make sure I get you a good list,” Kushner said.


“I want you to know I have no illusions that you work for me. I know you work for Ivanka, right?” Woodward joked.

Kushner laughed. “Okay, fine, you get it. You get it. That’s probably why you’re Bob Woodward. That’s true.”

Throughout the recordings, a cast of Trump advisers, allies and family – including Donald Trump Jr., Melania Trump, Sen. Lindsey Graham, Hope Hicks and others – can be heard in the background. The audio gives an inside glimpse of Trump’s inner circle, like an exchange from 2016 when Trump was asked whether he expects government employees to sign non-disclosure agreements, and his son chimed in. 

“I’m not getting next week’s paycheck until I sign one,” Donald Trump Jr. joked.

Donald Trump Jr. on signing non-disclosure agreements

In the epilogue of “The Trump Tapes,” Woodward declares that his own past assessments critical of Trump’s presidency did not go far enough. In “Rage,” Woodward wrote, “Trump is the wrong man for the job.”

Now, Woodward says, “Trump is an unparalleled danger. The record now shows that Trump has led — and continues to lead — a seditious conspiracy to overturn the 2020 election, which in effect is an effort to destroy democracy.”

North Korea  —  T-RUMP shares poetry and loves Kim Jong Un until the little guy played him as fool very well on the worldwide stage three times and now has a sufficient supply of nuclear tools and the parts to deliver them with.  T-RUMP failed and failed three big times, everyone knew that but him, it’s called ego blockage or mental masterbation,  but had great photo-ops.  As long as you don’t look too close.

Sidebar:  Best explained by the noted author Hiram Fartworth who did the color work on the TV coverage.  Kim Jung Un was brilliant and powerful watching Donald T-RUMP ass-kiss his way into his traps and the talks went nowhere,  got nothing, did not save the world,  North Korea is stronger and more dangerous than ever, and Donald went home with excuses and more lies. His wet dream all f*ked up.  

—  No more love letters from Kim Jung Un,  “ Squarehead” KIM is happy, T-RUMP bought him time to create a huge nuclear arsenal now and the means to deliver it in threats.   Now his ego is world leader talk  … more lies… It was ll a big Photo-session and now more than ever China will be Squarehead Kim’s ally, not the US. Talk says that T-RUMP, the great deal maker got screwed and got walked all over again and again played by a kid.






Seoul, South Korea (CNN)  —  President Donald T-RUMP has been unique among American leaders for his willingness to personally engage with Kim, providing him with a sense of legitimacy on the world stage, even though those efforts have since stalled.  More like photo-ops, big trips, big promises, bigger bullsh*t,  with no substance this is T-RUMP a liar, failure, and no balls.

“For them, T-RUMP was a big deal, they had three summit meetings, unprecedented meetings." No photo-ops for T-RUMP claiming everything and delivering nothing…  

The highly unusual relationship was underscored by the countless missives, described by T-RUMP as “love letters," That the two men exchanged during Trump's four years in office.  Verbal blowjobs, no substance — Kim Squarehead clearly outclassed Captain Blubber, his new name after England where he dressed like and Orca.

He Talks The Talk,  He Fails, People Starve —    When the world’s youngest dictator addressed his 25 million or so people on May 7, 2016, he made a bold promise.   In just five years, the livelihoods of all North Koreans would be markedly improved, said Kim Jong Un, then 32 years old. North Korea would become a “  highly civilized socialist country" whose people would enjoy the “  conditions and environment for leading a wealthy and a highly civilized life to their heart's content," Kim said.

Kills Thousands  —  The goal was ambitious bordering on impossible.  At the time, North Korea was one of the world's poorest countries, and an international pariah restrained by economic sanctions for its dogged pursuit of a nuclear weapons program. 

Kim blamed “  Un-expected and inevitable challenges in various aspects and the situation in the region surrounding the Korean peninsula,” according to a report published by North Korea’s state-run news agency KCNA.  State media didn't specify which challenges, but they are likely to include sanctions, the coronavirus pandemic and fallout from recent floods.

October 10 will still be celebrated, though it's unclear how the country will adapt its customary military parades amid the coronavirus pandemic.   Satellite images taken in August and September appear to show rehearsals are underway, according to an analysis by North Korea specialty website 38-North. Diplomacy was the logical next move.  Kim now had his weapons and he was ready to talk. 


NK Translation “ 머리가 뚱뚱하고 사람들을 죽이는 사람 

Supreme Fearless Leader 

Kim Jong-Un (officially transcribed Kim Jong Un;  Korean: 김정은)  
Born 8 January 1982, 1983, or 1984)
He is a North Korean politician.  In addition a murderer and ruler of millions of impoverished and imprisoned countrymen.

He has been Supreme Leader of North Korea since 2011 and Chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea since 2012.  Kim is the second child of Kim Jong-il 1941–2011), the country’s second leader from 1994 to 2011, and Ko Yong-hui (1952–2004).

He is the grandson of Kim Il-sung, who was the founder and first leader of North Korea from 1948 to 1994. Kim is the first North Korean leader who was born after the country’s founding, and is also the second youngest leader currently serving head of government in the world.  

He was voted in as leader by his Congress ( as corrupt as our Senators are) by 98-2.  The two were later probably shot. Vegas odds 30,000-1

Three Meetings, Two Leaders, Disagreement  — Things had largely been going Kim's way until he met Trump in the Vietnamese capital. By that point, the young North Korean leader had arguably completed an advanced nuclear weapons program; repaired relations with longtime ally China; and held a meeting with a sitting US president, a propaganda victory his father and his grandfather -- the man who founded North Korea -- had only dreamed of.

Kim came to Hanoi ready to make a deal to shut down Yongbyon, the biggest and best-known facility in North Korea that produced fissile material for nuclear weapons, in exchange for sanctions relief, according to Trump's former national security adviser, John Bolton. 

But Trump's administration vowed that sanctions relief would not come before Kim surrendered his nuclear weapons. 

North Korea had struck phased, step-by-step nuclear deals with previous US administrations, but all those had failed. Trump and his aides made it clear it was time for something new. 

Trump wanted some sort of "big deal" that saw North Korea give up its nuclear program quickly for immediate sanctions relief. A top State Department official said Washington was seeking something like a nuclear down payment.

But such a deal requires a modicum of trust, something the two sides do not have.  North Korea has long looked at leaders like Muammar Gadhafi of Libya -- who gave up his incipient nuclear weapons program in exchange for financial relief, only to be overthrown by US-backed forces years later -- as cautionary tales.

They Never Learn  —  Seoul  —  (CNN) North Korea fired at least one ballistic missile from its eastern coast on Tuesday morning,  10/18/2021, according to South Korean and Japanese officials.

The launch took place in the port city of Sinpo, Hamgyong province, at about 10 a.m. local time Tuesday (9 p.m. ET Monday), South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said. In a text to reporters, the JCS said it appeared to be a  Submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM). 

South Korea's Defense Ministry said the missile is estimated to have been fired from the sea, but has yet to confirm whether it was launched from a submarine. Sinpo is home to a North Korean naval shipyard.

Japan's Deputy Secretary General Yoshihiko Isozaki said two ballistic missiles were estimated to be fired during Tuesday's launch, while South Korea's military only announced one projectile. 

"North Korea's latest actions threaten the peace and security of Japan and the region," Isozaki said. "Furthermore, the continued ballistic missile launches pose a serious challenge not just for Japan but for the entire international community."

Tuesday's test was "extremely regrettable" and violated UN Security Council resolutions, Isozaki added.   Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said Japan would "respond resolutely" to North Korea's action in a tweet on Tuesday.

South Korea's National Security Council (NSC) expressed "deep regret" over the launch, according to a text sent to reporters by the Presidential Office Blue House, adding it came while South Korea, the United States, China, Japan and Russia were "actively" in discussions to achieve peace in the Korean Peninsula.

In a meeting held following the launch, NSC standing committee members called on North Korea to engage in dialogue, emphasizing the importance of stability in the region, the Blue House said.

The latest North Korean test follows months of seesawing tensions on the Korean Peninsula. Pyongyang has been testing a growing number of projectiles in 2021, including what it claimed was a new hypersonic missile in late September.

At the same time, relations have been warming between North and South Korea, with Pyongyang agreeing to reopen official communications with Seoul on October 4.

South and North Korea spoke on a joint-communication line at 9 a.m. local time Tuesday, prior to the reported missile launch, a South Korean Unification Ministry official said, but the North did not discuss the launch during the call.

Pandemic problems  —  North Korea might be one of the most isolated countries in the world, but its close proximity and relations with China meant it couldn't take any chances when the coronavirus emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan.

Foreign travel to North Korea was extremely limited even before the pandemic, but in January the country shut its borders, announced a "state emergency" and set up anti-epidemic headquarters around the country.

The decision made sense. Doctors who have defected in recent years paint a picture of a derelict health care system in dire need of upgrades. North Korea's medical infrastructure would likely be overwhelmed in the event of a major outbreak. Strictly enforcing public health measures and closing the border have likely helped prevent the virus from spreading.

Historic flooding this summer brought on by major storms also strained resources. With the pandemic raging and sanctions still in place, it was clear that Kim's aim to give his people a "wealthy and a highly civilized life" would not pan out. 

The Show Will Go On  —  “ Secret Strategic Weapon ”  — Kim may not be able to celebrate economic glory on October 10, but experts predict he will use the opportunity to give the world a glimpse of some of North Korea’s newest advanced weaponry — perhaps the mysterious “ Strategic weapon" he teased at the start of the year. He did and this is it…  But he also gave them the Bullsh*t Bomb…Donald T-RUMP Live…


How to make a phony two phony bastards look sincere…For the Photo-Op


— THE PRESIDENT: “ I will help you, sell out my country and get you a T-RUMP hotel”
THE SUPREME LEADER: “ Thanks but no thanks, I’m keeping my missiles and Nukes  —  


THE PRESIDENT: “ I will help you, sell out my country and get you a T-RUMP hotel”
THE SUPREME LEADER:  This jerk is dumber than a rock
 actually a bunch of rocks!


THE PRESIDENT: “ I will help you, sell out my country and get you a T-RUMP hotel”
THE SUPREME LEADER: “ Thanks but no thanks, You may kiss my ring now and go home.











There is one thing the GOP does right!   Obstructionism and Dancing Around With Facts.  ... The GOP attacks evenly, every recruit spinning the same lies, regardless of whether it on TV or print.   The pitch is to the same drummer, with the same beat and after numerous talking head interviews on the TV, it’s the same coordinated rhetoric.  Just like these super marching stars.

The “ Stechschritt” or high kick is intended to intimidate the enemy by demonstrating both discipline and devotion”.   In the West however,  it was determined the step is used to get or kick the person in front of them to go into the minefield first.   The winner is the third leg in the second row from the left who clearly could have kicked the one in front of her for a field goal.


These are the famed North Korean Goose-steppers, Rocket-man’s personal show group just back from a world Communist tour of incredible precision and graceful coordination.   They easily out-shined groups from Africa, China, South America, Mesopotamia, Iran, and the combined Syrian/Lebanon Hezbollah team.

Last Years Winners Were The Russian High Steppers 


In North Korea The Toilet Bowl Hat The Style Of The Hats Denotes Rank…  

Higher the rank, the bigger the hat to accompany the huge amount of technical information and populist cranial crap that Kim Jung Un wrote about himself.  Praise, worship and self adoration en-mass so they can write them down in their little books they all take notes in.  

At a press party the other night one of the journalists commented when these Generals are around Kim Jung Un they all take notes, applaud, complement him, smile and wear their big hats.

On KIMS left, your right Colonel General Fok-tup is teaching his top officers not to submit blank sheets of paper with    너 바위 보스  or neo bawi boseu. (Translation: “you rock boss”).  He wants to see what they wrote, since he can’t remember what KIM said either.  

North Korea — No More Love Letters From Kim Jung Un 

Lots Of Promises, Love Letters Lots Of Photo-Ops, And Grand Standing Images Regardless It Turned Into A Magnum Sized Expensive Bullsh*T Session And No Treaty… Kim Jung Un Beat Three Presidents, T-Rump Was A Lapdog Layover Loser… And Kim Laughs At Him…

North Korea has blown up -- as in, completely destroyed -- an office used for talks between itself and South Korea. If ever there were a sign that the relationship between the adversaries is deteriorating, this is it. The building has been closed for months due to the COVID-19, but it was obviously a symbol of goodwill between the nations. 

North Korea says it decided to raze the office as yet another retaliatory measure against South Korea after defectors used balloons to send anti-North Korean leaflets of the DMZ. 

The country recently announced it is cutting all ties with South Korea over the incident and will remilitarize parts of the Korean border that have been dormant for years. It's illegal -- and extremely risky -- for average North Koreans to consume literature or entertainment that's not approved by the government. Experts also suspect North Korea’s recent actions may be its attempt to gin up a crisis.

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