From the pages of Inside Trump’s White House
President-elect Donald Trump’s first conversation with President Barack Obama was about the threat of war with North Korea but the most important details of that conversation and Trump’s conclusion have never been told.
Here is the president telling them in his own words:
“Right there, right over there,” President Trump said, pointing to the two chairs in front of the fireplace, “is where Barack Obama told me that my greatest problem, when I became President, was the possibility of war with North Korea. In fact, privately, he said, ‘You-will-have-a-war-with-North-Korea-on-your-watch.’
The President dramatically lowered his voice, continuing his story, “And I said to Obama, ‘Well, Mr. President, have you called him?’
“And Obama said, ‘No, he’s a dictator.’” As if that in, itself, explained everything.
Then the President paused, letting those words sink in. “No, he hadn’t called him because he’s a dictator?”
Now, two years later, Donald Trump was still amazed by that conversation. And then he concluded, out loud, to all of us in the room.