Trump's North Korea Strategy Involved "Jokingly" Asking Sarah Sanders to Seduce Kim Jong Un | Vanity Fair
By: Bess Levin (Vanity Fair)
Let's be charitable. He isn't boasting about groping anyone, these days...
Remember when Donald Trump took to Twitter to insist that sexually harassing women in the workplace is a fireable offense? You should, because it just happened several hours ago. While no doubt true—people should be terminated for such offenses—the sentiment was a tad hypocritical coming from the president, who himself faces a slew of sexual misconduct allegations up to and including rape (all of which he denies), and who nevertheless continues to occupy the White House.
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And speaking of arguably unprofessional behavior, if you thought we'd get through 2020 without learning that Trump once suggested his press secretary get intimate with a notorious dictator in order to improve diplomatic relations, then you don't know this raging misogynist very well!
Amazingly, this story was not revealed by an estranged family member or a disgruntled former employee, which the administration usually relies on in order to discredit unflattering accounts of the president, but one of his biggest fans. In a book titled Speaking for Myself: Faith, Freedom and the Fight of Our Lives Inside the Trump White House , former White House press secretary and loyal Trump stooge Sarah Huckabee Sanders writes that as she was taking notes during a 2018 summit in Singapore, she looked up "to notice Kim [Jong Un ] staring at me." She continues: "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!?"
But whereas Sanders worried about potentially meeting the same fate as Kim's unlucky half brother, the president of the United States apparently saw an opening to have a member of his staff seduce an infamous tyrant.
The former press secretary said that later, in the presidential limousine, she told Trump and John Kelly , who was then his chief of staff, about the incident.
"Kim Jong Un hit on you!" Trump said, according to Sanders. "He did! He f--king hit on you!"
Sanders replied, "Sir, please stop.""Well, Sarah, that settles it. You're going to North Korea and taking one for the team!" Trump told her, Sanders said. "Your husband and kids will miss you, but you'll be a hero to your country!" Trump and Kelly then "howled with laughter," Sanders said.
Ha ha! What a gas! Who among us hasn't had our boss suggest we sleep with a guy who throws people in gulags? To be fair, Trump had been trying for some time to cut a deal with Kim, and having utterly failed, so he probably saw this strategy as his best shot.