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Photo: Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images

Author Doug Wead claims in his new book, "Inside Trump's White House: The Real Story of His Presidency," that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is "fascinated by Donald Trump" and even views the U.S. president as a father figure, according to Fox News.

Why it matters: The book ⁠— set to be released on Nov. 26 ⁠— offers a look into Trump and Kim's relationship in the aftermath of unsuccessful denuclearization talks, with tensions mounting over a new round of North Korean missile tests. Wead interviewed Trump on North Korea and read some of the personal letters exchanged between the president and Kim.

Details: When Wead asked White House adviser Jared Kushner about the letters and Trump and Kim's relationship, Kushner suggested Kim had difficulties with Trump because of issues surrounding his own father, Kim Jong-il.

  • Kushner reportedly told Wead: "'It’s a father thing. ... You can see from these letters that Kim wants to be friends with Trump, but his father told him never to give up the weapons. That’s his only security. Trump is like a new father figure. So, it is not an easy transition."
  • Wead writes in his book that "Kim is fascinated by Donald Trump. He sees him as a unique figure on the stage of world history. And he wants to make history with him."
  • Wead also notes that Kim addressed Trump as "your Excellency" in a letter.
“I firmly believe that the strong will, sincere efforts and unique approach of myself and your Excellency, Mr. President, aimed at opening up a new future between the DPRK and the US will surely come to fruition."
— Kim Jung-un in a letter to Trump, according to Wead

Go deeper: Americans of all ages see Trump as bigger threat to world peace than Putin or Kim

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Abrams’ campaign manager rules out 2024 run if she wins governor's race

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In her first major interview since the official announcement, Stacey Abrams' campaign manager Lauren Groh-Wargo quashed speculation that the Georgia Democrat would interrupt a theoretical gubernatorial term to run for president in 2024.

Why it matters: Abrams' name has come up repeatedly as a top 2024 Democratic contender given President Joe Biden's age and Vice President Kamala Harris's low favorability rating.

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Trump social media group raises $1 billion from undisclosed investors

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Donald Trump's social media startup on Saturday announced that it secured $1 billion in new investment as part of its ongoing efforts to become publicly traded via a blank check company.

Between the lines: None of the investors were identified, which is highly unusual for this sort of transaction.

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