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Trump suggested he wanted to be president because ‘nobody knows’ his ‘rich friends’, new book reveals

Donald Trump has suggested that the reason he wants to be president is because “nobody knows” his “rich friends”, according to an excerpt adapted from Maggie Haberman’s new book.

The New York Times a journalist sat down with Mr. Trump three times for his next book Confidence Man: The Creation of Donald Trump and America’s Collapsewhich chronicles his journey from New York businessman to president.

In a candid moment, detailed in an excerpt published in Atlantic On Sunday, Mr Trump appeared to admit that it was his desire for fame that ultimately led him to enter the race for the White House.

“The question I get asked more than any other question: ‘If you had to do it again, would you have done it? ““Mr. Trump told her about running.

“The answer is, yes, I think so. Because this is how I see it. I have so many rich friends and nobody knows who they are.

Ms Haberman goes on to note that the former president’s first thought about his role in office was to be “a vehicle of glory”.

“Yet there it was: in reflecting on the meaning of being President of the United States, his first impulse was not to mention public service, or what he felt he had accomplished, only that he seemed like a vehicle for fame, and that many experiences were only worth having if someone else envied them,” she wrote.

The journalist adds that although the “frank confession” was “shocking”, it was “ultimately unsurprising”.

When she then asked Mr. Trump what he liked about being president, she replied that he answered, “‘Getting things done’ and listed some accomplishments.”

In the wide-ranging clip, Mr. Trump also makes derogatory comments about fellow Republicans, including Florida Governor Ron DeSantis whom he called “fat” and “weepy” and Senator Mitch McConnell whom he called it “a piece of s**”.

But, in perhaps the biggest bombshell of the book excerpt, Ms Haberman reveals how Mr Trump denied taking any White House documents when he left.

“He hesitated when I asked if he took any paperwork to write down when he left the White House – ‘nothing very urgent, no,’ he said,” she wrote.

Former President Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Wilmington on September 23

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Mr Trump then contradicted himself by mentioning letters sent by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un that he had taken from the White House to Mar-a-Lago.

When Ms Haberman asked if he was able to take the letter with him, she said Mr Trump appeared to register his surprise and backed off, saying the documents were in the National Archives.

“No, I think it’s in the archives, but… Most of them are in the archives, but Kim Jong-un’s letters… We have some amazing things,” he told her.

This later turned out to be wrong.

In February, The Washington Post revealed that Kim’s so-called “love letters” were among “multiple boxes” of White House documents seized from Mar-a-Lago by the National Archives.

Fast forward to September and a criminal investigation is underway into the former president’s illegal withholding of government secrets.

The investigation comes after federal agents executed a search warrant at his Palm Beach home in August and seized 27 boxes, 11 of which contained classified information.

Some of the information was of the highest possible top secret classification, meaning it should never have left government custody.

In the excerpt from the book, Ms. Haberman writes that Mr. Trump also implied that he stayed in touch with the North Korean leader even after he left the White House.

When asked if he still had relations with other world leaders, she said he insisted he was not in contact with Russia’s Vladimir Putin or China’s Xi Jinping. .

But when asked about Kim, he replied: “‘Well, I don’t mean exactly, but…’ before stopping.”

Ms Haberman said she later learned that Mr Trump had told people around Mar-a-Lago that the two men were still in contact.

Man of confidence will be released on October 4.

The Independent Gt

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