The Jury Talks Back


Trump: That Letter from Kim That I Never Saw Was Very Nice and Interesting

Filed under: Uncategorized — Patterico @ 5:22 pm

While yammering aimlessly about the upcoming North Korea summit, President Trump claimed that a letter from Kim Jong-un was “very nice” and “very interesting” — and then admitted less than ten minutes later that he hadn’t opened it.

At 2:41, Trump says the letter was “very nice” and “very interesting”:

TRUMP: Well, this was a very good meeting. Don’t forget: this was a meeting where a letter was given to me by Kim Jong-un. And that letter was, a very nice letter. Oh, would you like to see what was in that letter. Wouldn’t you like? How much? How much? How much?

JOURNALIST: Could you just give us the flavor of what the letter said?

TRUMP: It was a very interesting letter. At some point, it may be appropriate and maybe I’ll be able to give it to you, maybe. You’ll be able to see it. And maybe fairly soon.

At 10:54, Trump says he hasn’t seen the letter:

JOURNALIST: Mr. President, what was your response to the letter. Did you send anything back?

TRUMP: No, I didn’t. I haven’t seen the letter yet. I purposely didn’t open the letter. I haven’t opened it. I didn’t open it in front of the director. I said, “Would you want me to open it?” He said, “You can read it later.” I may be in for a big surprise, folks!

This is 47-dimensional chess like nothing you’ve ever seen. The genius of it will be revealed in the future.


  1. He’s waiting for Hannity to tell him what the letter says.

    Comment by Glenn — 6/2/2018 @ 6:37 pm

  2. You’re missing the obvious explanation; it’s a Schrodinger letter: both read and unread at the same time.

    Comment by Arizona CJ — 6/3/2018 @ 1:46 am

  3. Trump lawyers say he ‘dictated’ statement on Trump Tower meeting, contradicting past denials I admit it’s foolish to speculate about why Trump does things because speculation is typically based on analyzing the reasons for things, and there may be no reasons other than publicity for many things Trump does.

    Nevertheless, since this is a legal matter and the lawyers are involved in the release, I am going to assume there is a reason. My guess is Hope Hicks told Mueller the truth about Trump’s involvement.

    Comment by DRJ — 6/3/2018 @ 10:17 am

  4. Reuters

    The visiting North Korean official, linked by U.S. intelligence to a high-profile cyber attack on Sony Pictures in 2014, delivered a letter from Kim Jong Un to Trump. A White House official said Trump had read the letter but did not reveal its contents.

    Maybe he was lying when he said he hadn’t read it. Maybe he is learning to wait until his advisers have a chance to brief him on what he should say, and until that happens he just lies.

    Comment by DRJ — 6/3/2018 @ 4:24 pm

  5. It’s good that he doesn’t want to screw things up with intemperate comments, but he really needs go learn other ways to avoid questions. Lying like a child is not impressive.

    Comment by DRJ — 6/3/2018 @ 4:25 pm

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