How Trump Explained to Kim Calling Him ‘Little Rocket Man’

How Trump Explained to Kim Calling Him ‘Little Rocket Man’
How Trump Explained to Kim Calling Him ‘Little Rocket Man’
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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un did not understand the meaning of the nickname “Little Rocket Man” given to him by his then US counterpart Donald Trump, who had the task of explaining during their lunch.

According to the book “Never: Fighting for the America I Love,” written by former Secretary of State and CIA Director Mike Pompeo, Trump began by asking Kim about a meal at the Singapore summit on June 12, 2018, and whether he knew who the artist Elton John was.

Trump then explained that the British singer’s 1972 hit song “Rocket Man” inspired him to give Kim the nickname “Little Rocket Man” in 2017.

“Trump said it was a great song, and he meant to refer to it as a compliment to Kim,” Pompeo said in the book, which will be released on Tuesday. Kim and the others laughed at lunch, and the North Korean leader said, “Rocket man, okay. A little bit, not good.”

During the 2016 race for the White House, Trump gave several of his opponents catchy titles. He called Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas “Lynn Ted” and former Republican Governor Jeb Bush of Florida a “jeb of low energy” and Hillary Clinton “Crooked Hillary”.

Trump publicly referred to Kim for the first time as “Little Rocket Man” on Twitter in 2017, repeating it in a speech to the United Nations General Assembly and throughout his presidency.

Before that, Kim hurled many insults at Trump, calling him a “scared dog” and a “polka dot”. Trump responded with warnings during his presidency that continued threats against the United States “will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen before” and that his nuclear button is “much bigger and more powerful” than the North Korean one.

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But later, the two men made a public display of affection. Trump gifted a cassette tape of the song to Kim and played it for him, he told an audience gathered in Sunrise, Florida, in 2021.

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Trump said he told Kim: “Rocketman called you, that was great because I could see you, I could picture you, sitting like you’re on a horse, sitting on a rocket flying over Japan.”

Kim and Trump met for the first time at the Singapore summit to discuss denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. Pompeo, who was among more than 10 Republicans considering running for president in 2024, recounted what happened face-to-face in his book.

“I watched from the conference room and immediately noticed that my North Korean friend was wearing platform shoes that made him a foot shorter than President Trump,” he wrote.

“Somewhere around five feet, Chairman Kim couldn’t give an inch, literally,” he continued.

source: business insider

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