People are aware that former President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un exchanged letters, and now it has emerged that veteran journalist Bob Woodward was given access to them.

According to the Independent, a new audio has been released revealing that Trump allowed Woodward access to those letters.

The former President’s take on his relationship with Kim is part of a new audiobook that Woodward is releasing. The book titled, “The Trump Tapes,” contains the 20 interviews that the journalist conducted with the former President from 2016 through 2020.

During an Oval Office interview with then-President Trump in December 2019, The Washington Post journalist asked whether his aggressive rhetoric toward Kim had been intended to drive the North Korean leader to the negotiating table. Trump denied it and said that it was designed "for whatever reason, it was designed. Who knows? Instinctively. Let’s talk instinct, okay?” He added that because it’s really about you "don’t know what’s going to happen, but it was very rough rhetoric. The roughest.”

Then Trump instructed his aides to show Woodward his photos with Kim at the demilitarized zone (DMZ), reported CNN. Trump said, “This is me and him. That’s the line, right?" He recalled that he walked over the line, and said "pretty cool."

A copy of the audiobook was shared with select media ahead of its Oct. 25 release. It includes more than eight hours of the journalist’s raw interviews with Trump. It is interspersed with Woodward’s commentary.

Among various things, the audio shows how Trump decided to share with Woodward the letters that the North Korean leader wrote to him. Those letters helped spark the Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation into classified document that Trump took to Mar-a-Lago. After giving access to the letters, Trump told Woodward, "Don’t say I gave them to you, okay?”

Woodward comments in the introduction of the audiobook that he is doing something here that he has "never done before, presenting the lengthy, raw interviews of my work." He says that he wants to put as much of Trump’s voice, his own words, "out there for the historical record so people can hear and make their own assessments.”

Former First Lady Melania Trump, Trump's son Donald Trump Jr. and Vice President Mike Pence are among those who stopped by while Woodward and Trump were speaking, reported AP News.

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A handout photo provided by Dong-A Ilbo of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump attend a meeting on the south side of the demilitarized zone (DMZ) separating the South and North Korea on June 30, 2019 in Panmunjom, South Korea. Dong-A Ilbo via Getty Images/Getty Images

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