President Donald Trump’s obsession with trying to undo everything former President Barack Obama did has kept him seizing every opportunity to trash him as he has called Obama “highly overrated” in an upcoming book by journalist Bob Woodward, according to TheGrio.
Woodward, whose book Rage is being released Sept. 15, had been given access to Trump for 18 wide-ranging interviews. The interviews were recorded by Woodward with Trump’s permission, and various news outlets have obtained copies of some of the audiotapes. They are from sessions between Dec. 5, 2019, and July 21, 2020.
It was reported that Trump admitted to knowing how deadly the coronavirus was and ‘wanted to always play it down.’ In the same book, the president continues to disparage Obama by saying to Woodward, “I don’t think Obama’s smart, I think he’s highly overrated.”
Trump then stated, “And I don’t think he’s a great speaker” as he also added that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un believes Obama is “an a**hole.”
The Washington Post reported that in another conversation, on June 19, Woodward brought up the subject of white privilege, stating that the two of them were both white men of the same generation who had privileged upbringings. Woodward suggested that they had a responsibility to better “understand the anger and pain” felt by Black Americans.
Trump then replied, “No.” Woodward detected Trump’s voice as being mocking and incredulous. “You really drank the Kool-Aid, didn’t you? Just listen to you. Wow. No, I don’t feel that at all.”
Then, in another discussion about race, on July 8, Trump complained about his lack of support among Black voters. “I’ve done a tremendous amount for the Black community,” he told Woodward. “And, honestly, I’m not feeling any love.”
On June 22, they spoke about race relations when Woodward asked Trump whether he thinks there is “systematic or institutional racism in this country.”
“Well, I think there is everywhere,” Trump responded. “I think probably less here than most places. Or less here than many places.”
When Woodward questioned whether racism “is here” in the United States in a way that affects people’s lives, Trump replied: “I think it is. And it’s unfortunate. But I think it is.”