President Donald Trump hopes that with his gifts he can keep North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un at the negotiating table …and one, in particular has a “Rocket Man” connection.
Korean news outlet The Chosunilbo reports that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo brought two items from the president to the dictator upon his visit to North Korea. The first is a letter written by Trump. The other is an Elton John CD, which was autographed by Trump.
The CD reportedly features the song “Rocket Man,” the classic hit that inspired Trump’s nickname for Kim Jong Un in 2017.
Sources in Washington say that the gifts “reflect Trump’s expectations that Kim will follow through on the pledges in an agreement the two signed at their summit.”
One diplomatic source in Washington said, “The ‘Rocket Man’ CD was the subject of discussion during Trump’s lunch with Kim. Kim mentioned that Trump referred to him as ‘rocket man’ when tensions ran high last year” after a series of nuclear tests and missile launches by the North. “Trump then asked Kim if he knew the song and Kim said no.”
Trump remembered the conversation and told Pompeo to take a CD with the song for Kim. He reportedly wrote a message on it and signed it.
Next stop: Pyongyang. I look forward to continuing my meetings with North Korean leaders. There's much hard work ahead but peace is worth the effort. pic.twitter.com/eozwL3Mx28
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) July 6, 2018
The CD is not the first bizarre White House offering to Pyongyang. During their summit, the US and North Korean delegations watched a four-minute video, made in the style of a Hollywood trailer, setting out the North’s stark choice: conflict with a powerful enemy or a peaceful and prosperous future as America’s (denuclearised) partner. The film, a copy of which was given to Kim, casts him and Trump as the architects of a new chapter in world history – “two men, two leaders, one destiny”.