In an interview with New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman last year for her upcoming book, former president Donald Trump allegedly made a false statement that he had given letters he had written to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to the National Archives, according to audio obtained by CNN.
The publication of the book “Confidence Man,” which includes new information about Trump’s tenure in the White House, is scheduled for Tuesday. The book also examines how his rise in the 1970s and 1980s in New York City politics and real estate affected his life outlook and his presidency.
“I have great things though, you know. The letters, the Kim Jong Un letters. I had many of them,” Trump told Haberman.
“You were able to take those with you?” Haberman asked.
“No, I think that has the … I think that’s in the archives, but most of it is in the Archives. But the Kim Jong Un letters, we have incredible things. I have incredible letters with other leaders.”
“CNN and other outlets have previously reported that Trump, in fact, had kept the Kim letters among the tens of thousands of government documents that he took to his Mar-a-Lago resort after leaving the White House,” CNN’s reports stated.
“The letters were among the items in the boxes he turned over to the National Archives in January, which also included classified material that prompted the Archives to refer the matter to the Justice Department.”
Trump responds that he wasn’t watching TV when the Times reporter asks him how he found that rioters had broken into the Capitol building on January 6 in another audio clip from Haberman’s interview with the president.
But as CNN points out, “there have been multiple accounts that Trump did, in fact, watch the chaos at the Capitol unfolding on television, and it was a focus of one of the January 6 committee’s hearings earlier this year.”