Next month, former president Donald Trump will publish a new book that includes letters that famous people and elected officials have sent to him over the years.
‘Letters to Trump’ features correspondence with celebrities including Oprah Winfrey and Michael Jackson as well as past presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, and Richard Nixon.
There are letters from deceased foreign leaders like Kim Jong Un of North Korea and former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro as well as Princess Diana.
The letters are a time capsule from a period before Trump rose to prominence as a divisive political figure, when he was still a well-known New Yorker who was simply toying with the idea of running for governor. They also include a group of powerful individuals with whom Trump has remained in contact both while leaving office and as he pursues a third presidential bid.
The continuing federal inquiry into Trump’s retention of presidential records and how documents with classified markings got up at his Mar-a-Lago club has also given Trump’s letters additional significance.
Officials from the archives identified missing records that included letters from Kim, with whom Trump frequently corresponded while president, and other materials that Trump had mentioned in public. This led to the start of the investigation.
Along with letters from Kim, the book also has one from Bolsonaro, a former far-right president of Brazil who, like Trump, refused to concede loss in the face of allegations that voter fraud was a problem in his country. Thousands of his fans flocked to Brazil’s Congress, Supreme Court, and presidential palace as the disinformation campaign came to a head, sparking a riot that was eerily reminiscent of the one that broke out on January 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol.
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Before the book’s release, The Associated Press was given a copy of the letter, which was written in January after Bolsonaro was ousted from office.
Winfrey, the well-known talk show personality, also wrote a letter that is included in the book and was sent in 2000. She replied in reaction to an excerpt Trump provided her from one of his books in which he promoted her as a vice presidential candidate, according to Axios, which broke the news of the book on Thursday. (He had written, “If I can’t get Oprah, I’d prefer someone like her.”)
Over 150 letters are included in the book, which will be published on April 25 and includes analysis and pictures. It is being released by Winning Team Publishing, which was established by Donald Trump Jr. and Republican political operator Sergio Gor, just like “Our Journey Together,” a coffee table book of pictures from Trump’s time in the White House.