Donald Trump told Sarah Sanders she should “go to North Korea and get one for the team,” after Kim Jong-un winked at the House press secretary Blanche at a summit in Singapore in June 2018.
“Kim Jong-un hit you!” delighted Trump joked, according to Sanders’ new memoir. ” He did! He hit you!
Speaking for Myself will be released next Tuesday. The guard got a copy.
Rather than an account of a former staff member or a burn-all by a hostile family member, the book is a hymn to the president by a loyal follower with the subtitle Faith, Freedom and the Fight of Our Lives Inside the Trump White House. .
Sanders comes from a notable Republican family – her father is Mike Huckabee, a presidential nomination contestant in 2008 and 2016 – and is said to have his eye on a gubernatorial race in Arkansas.
However, much like the leaked articles that targeted former National Security Advisor John Bolton after he turned on Trump, Sanders describes rude or misogynistic behavior by the president and senior aides that can make people wince. campaign assistants, especially as Trump hangs out. Joe Biden in women.
Of the incident with Kim, which Trump assiduously courted during the first two years of his presidency, Sanders describes a session at the Singapore talks in which the dictator “reluctantly” accepted a Tic Tac from Trump, which “ dramatically blew in the air to reassure Kim it was just a breath of mint “and not a poison capsule.
The two also spoke about sports, including women’s football. Then, Sanders wrote, she looked up “to notice Kim was looking at me.” We made direct eye contact and Kim nodded and appeared to wink at me. I was stunned. I quickly looked down and continued to take notes.
“… All I could think of was, ‘What just happened? Kim Jong-un surely not only marked me !? “
Later, in the “Beast” presidential limousine on the way to the airport, Sanders relayed the incident to Trump and his then chief of staff, John Kelly.
“Kim Jong-un hit you!” Trump said. ” He did! He hit you!
Sanders, a devout Christian who discusses her faith throughout her book, doesn’t explain the presidential curse. But she writes that she told Trump that’s not what she meant and said, “Sir, please stop.
Kelly backed the president and Trump joked, “Well, Sarah, that settles it. You go to North Korea and take one for the team! You will miss your husband and children, but you will be a hero for your country! “
Trump and Kelly, Sanders writes, “howled with laughter” as the car drove.
Trump has met Kim three times – in Singapore, Hanoi and in the demilitarized zone between North Korea and South Korea. He didn’t convince Kim to give up his nuclear weapons, which Sanders said would be a “miracle.”
In fact, observers say, Pyongyang has dramatically increased its arsenal. Trump’s critics also say his mercurial approaches to Kim have damaged relations with key allies, including Seoul.
In his own memoir from the Trump administration, Bolton does not mention the Singapore incident that Sanders describes, although he does say that Trump talked about sports with Kim and “handed out mints.” Bolton also said the aides did not want to leave Trump alone with Kim for fear of making damaging concessions.
Sanders describes other aspects of Trump’s North Korean policy, including interactions with Dennis Rodman, the former NBA star who established a unique relationship with Kim, and the May 2018 release of three formerly detained Americans. by Pyongyang.
She does not mention Otto Warmbier, an Ohio student detained in the North before being returned to the United States in June 2017, in a coma and showing evidence of torture. The 22-year-old man died soon after.
Warmbier’s parents said they held “Kim and his evil regime … responsible for unimaginable cruelty and inhumanity.” No apologies or lavish praise can change that. ”
Although Trump admitted in Hanoi that “very bad things happened to Otto,” he also said: “Kim tells me he didn’t know and I will take him at his word.”