Washington (AFP/APP): Donald Trump is releasing more than 150 letters from giants of world history such as Richard Nixon, Kim Jong Un, and Oprah Winfrey, the former US president and his publisher said Thursday.
The “Letters to Trump” collection captures “incredible, and oftentimes private” correspondence between Trump and foreign leaders, media personalities, athletes and captains of industry.
“What do presidents, royals, celebrities, and business titans have in common? They all love Donald Trump,” Winning Team Publishing founder Sergio Gor said in a statement to AFP.
“Long before entering politics, Donald Trump lived an extraordinary life. No book highlights his iconic relationships like ‘Letters to Trump,’ and we are thrilled to be able to share it with our readers.”
Due for release next month, the book spans four decades of correspondence, revealing that Winfrey told the now-76-year-old Republican leader back in 2000: “Too bad we’re not running for office. What a team!”
The TV mogul had written to Trump — who is running to be the next president — after he sent her an excerpt from his book “The America We Deserve,” in which he said she would be his ideal vice president.
Winfrey, 69, reportedly tells Trump his comments made her “a little weepy,” according to US politics website Axios.
“It’s one thing to try and live a life of integrity — still another to have people like yourself notice,” she reportedly gushes.
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Each letter is accompanied by commentary from Trump, who writes that he considers Winfrey “amazing,” according to Axios, but complains that “she never spoke to me again” once he announced his bid for the White House in 2015.
Many of the missives, hand-picked by the billionaire, come from fellow titans of pop culture at a time when he cut a more glamorous, less divisive figure as a property magnate and reality TV star in Manhattan.
Michael Jackson, Clint Eastwood and Shaquille O’Neal all loom large in the 320-page hardback, as does Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, who died in September last year.
Other letters come from past presidents Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, and there is never-before-seen correspondence with China’s President Xi Jinping and North Korea’s Kim.
Trump’s exchanges with Kim famously prompted the ex-president to tell a rally in one of his more eccentric moments that he and the authoritarian leader “fell in love.”
Kim’s messages were among a cache of confidential government papers found in Trump’s Florida mansion last year that he is accused of misappropriating from the White House, sparking an FBI raid and an ongoing criminal investigation.
“Letters from Trump” — retailing at a whopping $99, or $399 for a signed copy — comes out on April 25.
Trump took to his microblogging platform Truth Social Thursday to tout the collection as “the most incredible letters that I have received over many years.”
Last year Winning Team Publishing, co-founded by Trump’s eldest son Donald Trump Jr, released the Republican firebrand’s coffee-table photo book, “Our Journey Together,” which chalked some $20 million in sales.