Bob Woodward on Tuesday revealed how President Trump was surprised there was public outrage over his meeting with Kim Jong-Un, suggesting his other only option would've been to sit at home reading a book.
During audio played from one of 18 recordings for interviews related to Woodward's new book Rage, Trump boasted as he shows the legendary journalist how 'happy' the North Korean dictator was at one of their several meetings.
However when probed over the reaction stemming from Trump the first American leader to agree to talks with Jong-Un, the president sounded irritated.
'What the f***k? It's a meeting,' the 73-year-old leader hit back at Woodward, 77, on December 5, 2019.
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Trump told Woodward on December 5, 2019 about the shocked reaction to his meeting with Kim Jong-Un: 'What the f***k? It's a meeting.' Audio was played on Anderson Cooper 360
President Donald Trump meets with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un at the demilitarized zone separating the two Koreas, in Panmunjom, South Korea, June 30, 2019
The explosion came after Trump began by telling Woodward how Jong-Un 'is very smart.'
'You take over a country and you're 25 years old and you survive… You've got millions of people who are all smart as hell and energetic,' he added about Jong-Un's country. 'You know the energy is incredible.'
Woodward interjected to say 'they show you those reports about those camps in North Korea' to which Trump responded, 'Oh.'
The journalist went on to recall how President Bush said he 'loathed' Jong-Un's father Kim Jong-Il 'because of what he's doing to his people.'
However Trump responded: 'And you know what? That attitude got him nothing.'
The president went on: 'They built a huge nuclear force during those last two administrations. They haven't done it during me.'
Trump continued that for 'three years I gave nothing.'
'You know they'd say, 'President Trump he agreed to meet... What the f**k? It's a meeting,' he added. 'He agreed to meet? What instead of staying home reading your book? I met?'
During Anderson Cooper 360 on Tuesday, the host suggested Trump was a hypocrite for saying in a March 19, 2020 recording that he 'doesn't have that much time' to think about the 'many people' who have called him a 'wartime president' because he's 'busy as hell.'
President Trump showed Woodward pictures of them meeting during the interview
Trump (R) and North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un shake hands following a signing ceremony during their historic US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa island in Singapore on June 12, 2018
Comparing it to an interview where Trump failed to come up with one Bible passage he liked, despite claiming it was his 'favorite book,' Cooper also pointed out that just recently he said in a briefing that he spent all day and night watching Fox News coverage