Trump claims Bob Woodward audiobook interview recordings ‘belong to me’
Donald Trump insisted on Friday that investigative journalist Bob Woodward’s recordings of his multiple interviews with the former president, featured in Woodward’s upcoming audiobook, “belong” to Trump.
“We’ve already hired the lawyers to sue him,” Trump told Fox News host Brian Kilmeade on his radio show on Friday. “Bob Woodward is a very sordid guy,” he added of the famed Watergate reporter.
Woodward’s audiobook, “The Trump Tapes: Bob Woodward’s Twenty Interviews with President Trump,” is slated for release Tuesday. It includes more than eight hours of the reporter’s 20 interviews with Trump over the years, interspersed with comments from Woodward.
Trump appeared to concede that Woodward was the one who installed the tapes and recorded the interviews, but insisted that the rights to use the tapes belong to him.
“In many ways I love the tapes, I stress the tapes, but I also say the tapes are mine,” Trump told Kilmeade. “So that means Woodward has to get whatever deal he’s made, you know, we’ll probably end up in litigation over that. Because we gave tapes for the written word, not tapes to sell, and that’s is always clear,” he said.
Trump insisted he told Woodward “these tapes are for the written word, these tapes are for your [previous] book, it’s not for sale, it’s tapes for your book, to help you. I like it because it’s more accurate,” he added.
“So now he’s making an audiobook out of it, so we’re going to sue him,” Trump said.
Woodward could not immediately be reached for comment.
Some revelations from Woodward’s book have already been recounted in the media which obtained copies in advance.
In one of the interviews in 2019, Trump admitted that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s letters that were seized in August from his Mar-a-Lago compound were “so top secret”, the Washington Post reported. . Yet he showed them to Woodward nonetheless. “Don’t say I gave them to you, okay?” Trump can be heard saying on tape.
In another audio recording of a 2020 interview with Woodward, Trump said he preferred “tougher, meaner” world leaders.
“I love Putin,” Trump told Woodward, CNN reported after obtaining an advance copy of the audiobook.
“Getting along with Russia is a good thing, not a bad thing, okay? Especially because they have 1,332 fucking nuclear warheads,” he told the reporter.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.