Sarah Sanders says Trump told her to take 'one for the team' after Kim Jong Un winked at her
- Donald Trump's former press secretary Sarah Sanders claims he told her to go to North Korea and take "one for the team," after Kim Jong Un appeared to wink at her, she has claimed in a new memoir.
- Sanders recounts an incident during a summit between Trump and Kim Jong Un in Singapore in 2018, when 'Kim nodded and appeared to wink at me.'
- "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 reports Trump as saying
- Jong-un and Trump have since enjoyed a warm relationship, with Trump claiming the pair "fell in love."
- The veteran journalist Bob Woodward will this month release a book which says that Kim described the relationship between the two leaders as being out of a "fantasy film."
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Donald Trump reportedly told former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders to go to North Korean and take one "for the team" after Kim Jong Un appeared to wink at her during a summit in 2018, she has claimed in a new book.
In her new memoir, a copy of which was obtained by the Guardian newspaper, Sanders describes an incident at a Singapore summit in 2018 which was attended by Trump, Kim Jong Un, as well as a collection of their aides including Sanders.
She describes a session of talks at which Kim Jong Un "reluctantly" accepted a Tic Tac mint from Trump, who "dramatically blew into the air to reassure Kim it was just a breath mint" rather than poison.
The pair then talked about sports, including women's soccer, at which point Sanders writes 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," according to the Guardian.
"… All I could think was, 'What just happened? Surely Kim Jong Un did not just mark me!?'" Sanders wrote.
The former press secretary later relayed the incident in the presidential limousine to Trump and John Kelly, who was then his chief of staff.
"Kim Jong Un hit on you!" Trump said, according to Sanders. "He did! He f*****g hit on you!"
Sanders replied: "Sir, please stop."
Trump then reportedly said: "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!"
Trump and Kelly then "howled with laughter," according to Sanders.
Trump was initially hostile towards Kim Jong Un, using a speech at the UN in 2017 to nickname him "rocket man" and threatening military action against North Korea if its government did not stop its programme of nuclear weapon development.
But the pair have since enjoyed a warm relationship, with both leaders praising each other extensively.
The Singapore summit in June was the first of three meetings between the pair of leaders during Trump's presidency after they met again in February 2019 and then in June 2019, when Trump became the first sitting US president to set foot in the militarized zone which divides North and South Korea.
Trump told a rally in September 2018 that he and Kim "fell in love" and that the North Korean leaders had written him "beautiful" letters.
The veteran journalist Bob Woodward's second book on Trump, which is due to be released on September 15, describes the content of the letters and says that Kim described the relationship between the two leaders as being out of a "fantasy film."