This confidence, recorded by journalist Bob Woodward, was broadcast by NBC on the eve of the publication of the book “Fury”, a chronicle of the Trump administration based on 18 interviews with the 45th American president.

In this excerpt, Donald Trump returns to his ties with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who censored the press and shut down thousands of opponents after the 2016 coup attempt.

“I get along well with Erdogan, even if (…) everyone says the guy is horrible,” Trump said in a January 22 conversation with Woodward.

“The harder and more evil they are, the better I get along with them,” he added.

During his tenure in the White House, Donald Trump has sought the attention of Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, all accused of serious human rights violations. The American president has met three times with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and has always insisted on their good understanding.

Instead, he maintained strained relations with the leaders of allied countries, especially with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, reports AFP.