The latest in a string of tell-all books about U.S. President Donald Trump released in recent months, Rage by Bob Woodward has caused an explosive reaction, even before the date of its release.
The 480-page book hit the bookshelves this week, revealing details of President Trump's 18 conversations with the award-winning investigative journalist, known for the coverage of the Watergate scandal and the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
From the U.S. leader's handling of domestic issues like the COVID-19 pandemic and racial injustice to foreign policy, details from the book have been making headlines this week, and today we go over some of the most contentious points.
For this we connect with Tim Shorrock, an investigative journalist at the Nation who has uncovered truths about U.S. involvement in the Gwangju Uprising in Korea.
We also have Mark P. Barry, associate editor of the International Journal on World Peace who's been following North Korea for more than three decades.
Mr Shorrock: President Trump's handling of the this ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is perhaps one of the most contentious points in this book. He's said constantly that it's going away in Spring and that it's like a seasonal flu. But Woodward's book reveals he was very well aware of just how deadly the virus is and how transmissible it is. Trump defended himself saying he didn't want to cause panic, and that he'd promptly closed borders to Chinese and European travelers. Does this make sense to you?
Mr. Shorrock: All these revelations were taped by Bob Woodward who kept this under the covers for months, before the release of his book as one huge spoiler. As a journalist, is this right to you? Does this raise questions about his journalistic integrity and duty to the public?
Dr. Barry: What was your initial reaction upon reading this book? Do you think this book offers any new insights into Trump's handling of foreign policy, particularly in regards to North Korea? (As many say it doesn't really reveal anything new)
Mr. Shorrock: The book discusses how close the U.S. was to being at war with North Korea. From seemingly being at the brink of war to Trump bragging about his relationship with Kim Jong-un and all the cameras that had been at the Singapore Summit, what does the book tell us about Trump's North Korea policy? Has the drama and the bromance been worth it?
5. Dr. Barry: He's the master of optics and surprises but has this helped when it comes to North Korea?
Dr. Barry: The book does describe a great deal of drama behind the scenes of U.S.-North Korea relations. How do you think Trump's presidency has changed the working-level relationship? Has it been for the better, and how would a Biden administration be different?
7. Mr. Shorrock: How do you think this book will affect the U.S. presidential election on November 3rd?
8: Dr. Barry: What kind of leadership do you hope to see from the next U.S. president in handling the North Korea denuclearization issue, as well as providing stability in U.S. military commitments around the world?
Tim Shorrock, an investigative journalist at the Nation based in Washington D.C. and Mark P. Barry, associate editor of the International Journal on World Peace based in New York.
Thank you for your insights.