Donald Trump is publishing 150 private letters sent to him by the rich and powerful of government, Hollywood and business.
The 150 letters include high-profile figures such as Barack Obama and George W. Bush, and Oprah Winfrey and will be included in “Letters to Trump,” with a release date of April 25, according to the book’s publisher, Winning Team Publishing.
The publisher describes it as “a colorful photo book” that captures the “incredible, and oftentimes private correspondence, between President Donald J. Trump and some of the biggest names in history throughout the past 40 years.”
“From President Richard Nixon to Princess Diana, and from Hillary Clinton, to Chairman Kim Jong Un, no book offers a glimpse into history quite like Letters to Trump,” the publisher stated on its official website.
Axios reported that the book also includes letters from Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, Ted Kennedy, Mario Cuomo, Arnold Palmer, Jay Leno, Liza Minnelli, Regis Philbin, and more.
Among them is a letter from television host Winfrey dating back to 2000 in which she says: “Too bad we’re not running for office. What a team!” according to the report.
Trump on ‘Cunning’ Kim Jong Un
Every letter published within the book has been personally handpicked by Trump and is accompanied by his original commentary as well as transcripts when handwriting is not completely clear, according to the publisher.
The latest book marks the second official book to be released by the 45th president of the United States with Winning Team after the release of “Our Journey Together“—his first book since leaving office—in December 2021.
Trump is the co-founder of Winning Team Publishing and his first book, which featured captioned photographs of his time in the White House, made $20 million in sales in the first two months, according to Axios.
Speaking of the new book in a phone call with reporters from the Daily Mail and other publications on March 9, Trump explained, “We had lots of great letters from lots of great people and not so great people, to be honest with you.”
“But they’re very famous people. And probably there’s never been such diversity as this in terms of people where the letters come from and who they come from,” Trump said.
During the phone call, the former president also spoke of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, whose correspondence with Trump is featured in the new book, describing him as “very smart, very cunning, very streetwise.”
“We spoke a lot, actually, we spoke a lot and I think we had really, you know, a great relationship,” Trump said of the North Korean leader. “But I thought Kim Jong Un is a very, very interesting guy, and we had a good relationship. And I think he’s not a happy person right now with respect to the Biden administration.”
Classified Materials Probe
The latest book also includes a letter from Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to reports.
Trump told reporters during last week’s phone call that it was important to get along with certain leaders, including Putin, during his time in office, while stating that Moscow’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine would not have happened under his watch.
“Getting along with these leaders, when they have great, powerful weaponry and they you know, have war-like countries. You see that going on right now. Getting along is good. I will tell you Russia: zero chance that Russia would have gotten into Ukraine. Zero, it would have never ever happened,” Trump said.
Elsewhere during his phone call with reporters, Trump was asked whether his new book includes letters that were among the materials held at his Florida Mar-a-Lago home before federal agents searched it in early August last year.
The Department of Justice is investigating Trump’s handling of classified documents as well as that of President Joe Biden after classified materials were recently discovered at his home and former office.
Trump noted that his office receives some “wonderful letters,” some of which “we give out and some we don’t.”
“I declassified—I had the power to declassify, do what I wanted to do in that regard as president,” Trump said. “But we have some great letters, but a lot of these letters were put out anyway.”
Trump’s latest book is priced at $99 and is currently available for preorder.
–Wire services and Metro Voice