Donald Trump brought a special gift for Kim Jong-un at their historic
summit after insultingly calling him “little rocket man”, a new book
The leaders met in Singapore in June 2018 after Trump mocked Kim over
his height and missile launches, and the North dictator called the US
president a “mentally deranged dotard” and “gangster”.
But Trump wanted to persuade Kim that it was really a compliment, claims then-White House national security adviser John Bolton.
The president had asked his right-hand man, Secretary of State Mike
Pompeo, to deliver the gift at the leaders’ first summit, but Pompeo did
not, Bolton claims.
Bolton, part of the American delegation in Singapore, wrote: “Trump
didn’t seem to realise Pompeo hadn’t actually seen Kim Jong-un, asking
if Pompeo had handed over the Trump-autographed copy of Elton John’s
‘Rocket Man’ CD, which Pompeo had not.
“Getting this CD to Kim remained a high priority for several months.”
The former adviser claims Pompeo, considered one of Trump’s closest
allies, gave him a note during the summit that said of the president:
“He is so full of s***.”
Bolton also wrote that Trump was very complimentary of Kim at the summit
and described the North Korean leader, who has overseen serious human
rights abuses, as “quite secretive” but “a very good person”.