Jan 13, 2018, 4:00 PM ET

North Korea's Kim Jong Un crows over 'Fire and Fury' book on Trump


President Donald Trump’s tweeted threat last fall that North Korea would be met with ‘fire and fury’ became the title of a new book. The book became a blockbuster. And now the man whom Trump threatened, North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un, is using Michael Wolff’s bestseller to strike back.

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The latest plot twist in what has been an epic war of words between Trump and Kim Jong Un came Thursday in the pages of North Korea’s main newspaper, which cited the popularity of Wolff's book, "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House," as evidence of “rapidly surging anti-Trump sentiments in the international community,” reports the Associated Press.

“The anti-Trump book is sweeping all over the world so Trump is being massively humiliated worldwide,” crowed Kim’s paper, optimistically adding that strong sales of the book “foretells Trump’s political demise.”

While Kim has been on the receiving end of Trump’s most colorful intercontinental insults, which have ranged from from ‘little rocket man’ to 'sick puppy,’ the Islamic Republic of Iran, a ‘murderous regime’ according to the president, is a close second.

PHOTO: Fire and Fury by Michael Wolff.Amazon
"Fire and Fury" by Michael Wolff.

Apparently they’ve been reading Wolff’s work in Tehran too.

On Wednesday the Islamic Republic News Agency, Iran’s state media, drew on Wolff’s work to make the case that Trump is unbalanced, and that the world should resist any U.S. effort to tear up the nuclear deal.

“The promises and attempts made by the U.S. president in the first year of his presidency have been increasingly encouraging the idea that he has some sort of mental problem,” said the article. “Trump's pledge to rip up the July 2015 Iran nuclear deal is an example.”

To the White House, books like "Fire and Fury," which press secretary Sarah Sanders called trash and “full of lies,” are damaging not only to the president but also to America’s national interests.

No wonder then that Trump called for changes to U.S. libel laws.

“If somebody says something that's totally false and knowingly false, that the person that has been abused, defamed, libeled will have meaningful recourse,” Trump said Thursday. “Our current libel laws are a sham and a disgrace, and do not represent American values or American fairness, so we're going to take a strong look at that. We want fairness.”

And no surprise that his chief of staff, John Kelly, is cracking down on staff's use of private cell phones inside the White House in an effort to plug leaks that become books that become ammunition for America’s adversaries.

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  • Thomas

    "“If somebody says something that's totally false and knowingly false, that the person that has been abused, defamed, libeled will have meaningful recourse,” Trump said"

    Really. Trump said this. Trump wants anyone who says something that's totally false and knowingly false to be held accountable. The same Trump that is the PotUS.

    Go ahead, pass that law congress

  • Schifferklavierer

    Trump speaks for Trump, people! He does not speak for you and me and the rest of Americans. That there are some unthinking or intellectually lazy folks who are easily roped in by populists doesn't change this all-important and powerful fact one bit.
    The idea that he speaks for America in his capacity as (the head of only one of three branches of) spokesperson for our government cannot be argued, unfortunately. But when we talk about the impact Trump's pompous B.S, has on the opinions of the outside world, remember that those folks out there who are inquisitive and involved enough in world affairs to pay attention to Trump are not
    the bottom of the barrel.

    They are the more educated and thinking people. They are not taken in so easily, they do not run around lambasting the entire United States over a man-child's brainless utterances. They have known us before Trump and will continue to know us after him. Give our friends around the world a little more credit, please. (I am one of them).

  • c.g.

    Comrade Trump doe not represent the MAJORITY in this country...hope other countries realize that...

  • jimwill1

    This echo chamber is getting annoying...

  • ExtraStealth

    The GOP will always side with Trump because they need the Insane Clown President to pass their sociopathic agenda. Looking at you, Paul Ryan.

  • Amir Ashkbar Oberkh

    Make the new libel laws retroactive and charge Trump for his eight years of falsely acussing Obama.

  • Alan Moraga

    A book praising trump would also be a book of lies too! Am i right!?

  • Cîroc Obama

    In any other country, a mentally detective leader gets removed.

  • Cîroc Obama

    No one in the world will take us seriously by 2020.

  • cp11

    we are turning into a banaba country

  • Duane Kosmicki

    The Book is 99.99% BS fabrication ... Look @ the "Disclaimer" within the Book itself ... LOL aka a fortiori ABC your Spin Masters is a little slow mo Dimwitted Reports of Anarchy - Semper Fi!

  • moving33

    Funny how the DEMS come out of negoiations in the presidents office trying to kill the DACA status making up lies to shut the government down. A book is written about the mental health of the president, yet it is opposite of professional doctors opinion that have examine the president. When is Congress going to work togather to represent the American people?

  • Larry Lawless

    Why does Kim have so many microphones, no one is listening, no one is allowed a radio, TV or computer and most NK people have no electricity. Another point why do his Army officers have so many medals, they have never fought a war sense 1953, and then it was a DRAW.

  • LewTwo

    Kim: "So this is the 'Fire and Fury' that dotard promised us ... LOL"

  • Libs Eat'n Not'n Burgers

    Another perfect example of the leftwing DNC-controlled media having become useful idiots to KIM and all our other enemies.

  • dustyrivers

    And in other news about the Leader of the "Family Values" Party....

    President Donald Trump's longtime attorney denied that Trump had a sexual encounter with a porn star after a report by The Wall Street Journal on Friday alleged the lawyer helped facilitate a six-figure payment to the actress in October 2016 in exchange for her silence. Michael Cohen, Trump's personal attorney, said the President "vehemently denies" the encounter, but did not address the alleged payment in a statement to CNN. The story, which cites people familiar with the matter, says Cohen arranged a $130,000 payment to Stephanie Clifford -- whose stage name is "Stormy Daniels" -- a month ahead of the election.

  • Richard Cardo

    “If somebody says something that's totally false and knowingly false, that the person that has been abused, defamed, libeled will have meaningful recourse,”

    Sounds like someone we all know. Sad.

  • Dave Park

    If anything, an anti-Trump book serves as a deterrent, keeping many of the unstable left from being talked off the ledge.

  • tatanka

    First, the book. Then the Hawaiian false alarm. Kim Jong Un is having a great weekend.

  • Joe

    Amazing how Iran and North Korea are getting it right when it comes to trump and the u.s

  • Tom

    The book could have just as easily been titled “President Donald J. Trump: A Global Embarrassment”