Donald Trump insisted Friday that investigative journalist Bob Woodward’s recordings of his a number of interviews with the previous president, featured in Woodward’s upcoming audiobook, “belong” to Trump.
“We’ve already hired the lawyers to sue him,” Trump instructed Fox News host Brian Kilmeade Friday on his radio program. “Bob Woodward’s a very sleazy guy,” he added of the famed Watergate journalist.
Woodward’s audiobook, “The Trump Tapes: Bob Woodward’s Twenty Interviews with President Trump” is scheduled for launch on Tuesday. It contains greater than eight hours of the journalist’s 20 interviews with Trump over time, interspersed with commentary from Woodward.
Trump appeared to concede that Woodward was the one who arrange the tapes and recorded the interviews, however insisted the rights to make use of the tapes belong to him.
“In many ways, I like the tapes, I insist on tapes, but I also say the tapes belong to me,” Trump instructed Kilmeade. “So that means Woodward has to get whatever deal he made, you know, we’ll probably end up in litigation over it. Because we gave tapes for the written word, not tapes to sell, and that’s always made clear,” he stated.
Trump insisted he instructed Woodward “these tapes are for the written word, these tapes are for your [previous] book, these are not to be sold, these are tapes for your book, to help you. I like that because it’s more accurate,” he added.
“So now he’s making an audiobook out of it, so we’ll sue him,” Trump stated.
Woodward couldn’t instantly be reached for remark.
Some revelations from Woodward’s e-book have already been recounted in media retailers that obtained advance copies.
In one of many interviews in 2019, Trump admitted that letters from North Korean chief Kim Jong Un that had been seized in August from his Mar-a-Lago compound had been “so top secret,” The Washington Post reported. Yet he however confirmed them off to Woodward. “Don’t say I gave them to you, OK?” Trump may be heard saying on tape.
In one other audio recording from a 2020 interview with Woodward, Trump stated he most well-liked “tougher and meaner” world leaders.
“I like Putin,” Trump instructed Woodward, CNN reported after acquiring an advance copy of the audiobook.
“Getting along with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing, all right? Especially because they have 1,332 nuclear fucking warheads,” he instructed the journalist.