Donald Trump is Apparently Picking a Fight with the King
Donald Trump may be picking a fight with a powerful monarch – King Charles to be exact. The former POTUS is publishing a letter from Charles before he was king, without the King’s permission.
Donald Trump is apparently picking a fight with the King of England.
Trump is releasing a book that contains letters from world leaders, including the King of England – without their permission.
The letter causing controversy right now was written by King Charles in 1995 – when he was Prince of Wales.
Donald Trump to Publish the King’s Words Without Permission
— New York Post (@nypost) April 24, 2023
In 1995, then-Prince of Wales and now-King Charles wrote to Trump to thank him for offering honorary membership to Trump’s Florida golf club, Mar-a-Lago.
The Independent reports, “The future king wishes Mr Trump success in his new private members’ club, which the former US president opened after purchasing the mansion, and expressed an interest in visiting.
The Prince also reportedly suggested Mr Trump, who was a property developer at the time, visit his Institute of Architecture in London.
In a separate letter, dated 3 July 1997, just weeks before her death in Paris, Diana, Princess of Wales, thanked ‘Donald’ for flowers he sent her on her birthday.”
Diana wrote, “They truly are quite magnificent, and I am deeply touched that you have thought of me in this special way.”
The letter from the King is being shared without the monarch’s permission, according to Buckingham Palace, and it could cause a rift as Trump eyes a return to the White House in 2024.
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The King isn’t the only one whose formerly relatively low-controversy words are suddenly thrusting them into the spotlight.
Most of the letters Trump is publishing come from well before he ran for President, and well before he was impeached twice and then indicted on 34 felonies.
At the time, sending a letter to Trump was no different from sending a letter to other notables in the business world – a smart way to make and keep connections in the pre-email era.
Now, however, some of those letters may come back to bite their original authors as they seek to distance themselves from Trump’s legacy and ongoing controversies.
“Letters to Trump” will include correspondents from Barack Obama, George W Bush and Richard Nixon, and notable celebrities like Oprah Winfrey and Michael Jackson.
But in addition, it will also include letters from dictators like Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un.
In March, Trump spoke on a phone call with reporters and explained, “We had lots of great letters from lots of great people and not so great people, to be honest with you.”
He added, “But they’re very famous people. And probably there’s never been such diversity as this in terms of people where the letters come from and who they come from.”
One of the series of letters people are most interested in reading come from Russian President Vladimir Putin – with whom Trump has struck up a weird, tense, and enduring friendship.
“Letters to Trump” is expected to release tomorrow (April 25), and will run $99-$399.