WASHINGTON | US President Donald Trump admits in a recording released Monday that he gets along better with “tough and wicked” foreign leaders.
These confidences, recorded by investigative reporter Bob Woodward, were broadcast by NBC on the eve of the book’s publication. Rage, a chronicle of his presidency based on 18 interviews between the two men.
In this excerpt, Donald Trump discusses his links with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who muzzled the press and jailed tens of thousands of opponents after a coup attempt in 2016.
“I get along very well with Erdogan, even though I’m not supposed to because everyone says ‘what a horrible guy!'” He confides in this recording dated January 22, before expanding his point. to all of its foreign counterparts.
“I can tell you, the harsher and meaner they are, the better we get along,” he says. “You’ll explain that to me one day, okay?” he asks his interlocutor. “The easiest are maybe the ones I like the least, or rather with whom I get along the least well.”
Donald Trump has also forged a special relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman, all accused of serious human rights violations.
The US president has also met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un three times and regularly praises their good understanding, going so far as to say that they have “fallen in love”.
Conversely, its relations are more than lukewarm with the leaders of allied countries, in particular with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
During his talks with Bob Woodward, known to have exposed the Watergate scandal that led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon in 1974, Donald Trump made other embarrassing confessions. In a first recording released last week, he recognizes in particular having knowingly concealed the severity of the coronavirus pandemic.