According to Sarah Sanders’ new book, President Donald Trump told the former White House press secretary she would have to “go to North Korea and take one for the team”, after Kim Jong-un winked at her while attending a 2018 summit in Singapore.
Sanders’ new memoir, Speaking for Myself, reveals that a delighted Trump said, “Kim Jong-un hit on you! He did! He fucking hit on you!”
Sanders, who comes from a notable Republican family – 2008 and 2016 presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is her dad – reportedly has ambitions to possibly run for governor in Arkansas.
Her book, subtitled Faith, Freedom and the Fight of Our Lives Inside the Trump White House, is not meant to be a tell-all but DOES reveal some misogynistic behavior by the president that may not go over well with women voters.
Sanders describes the incident with Kim, saying that at a session in Singapore, the dictator “reluctantly” accepted a Tic Tac from President Trump and Trump “dramatically blew into the air to reassure Kim it was just a breath mint” and not a poison pill.
She says the men talked about sports, etc. and that she looked up “to notice Kim staring 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 taking notes.… All I could think was, ‘What just happened? Surely Kim Jong-un did not just mark me!?’”
Later, when Sanders talked to Trump and his then chief of staff, John Kelly, about the incident is when Trump said, “Kim Jong-un hit on you! He did! He fucking hit on you!”
Sanders, who openly discusses her Christian faith in her book, says she told Trump that was not what she meant and that she said, “Sir, please stop.”
Kelly then added his joke to the mix, “Well, Sarah, that settles it. You’re going to North Korea and taking one for the team! Your husband and kids will miss you, but you’ll be a hero to your country!”
Sanders writes that Trump and Kelly “howled with laughter.”
Although Trump has met Kim on three separate occasions, he has been unable to convince him to give up his nuclear weapons- and Sanders says it would take a “miracle” for that to happen.
Worse still, observers say Pyongyang has significantly increased its arsenal. Critics also say that Trump’s approaches to Kim have seriously hurt relations with key allies.
In former national security adviser John Bolton’s memoir, he does not mention the incident described by Sanders but he does confirm the mint story and say that Trump and Kim talked sports.
Bolton also claimed that aides didn’t want to give Trump the chance to be alone with Kim out of fear that he would say something damaging.
Sanders mentions other details of Trump’s North Korea policy but curiously leaves out any mention of the 22 year old Ohio student, Otto Warmbier, who was held in the North before being returned to the US in June 2017. When he returned, he showed evidence of torture, was in a coma and showing evidence of torture, and died soon after.
Warmbier’s parents have spoken out and said they hold “Kim and his evil regime … responsible for unimaginable cruelty and inhumanity. No excuses or lavish praise can change that.”
Trump said, “some really bad things happened to Otto… Kim tells me that he didn’t know about it and I will take him at his word.”