Rocket Man: Trump autographs Elton John CD for Kim Jong-un
Mike Pompeo took disc to Pyongyang but did not get a chance to give it to North Korean leader
Donald Trump has confirmed he has prepared and autographed a Cd of Elton Johns Honky Chateau album, featuring the anthem Rocket Man, to be given as a gift to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
Trump mocked Kim as little rocket man during their 2017 war of words in which Trump also threatened North Korea with fire and fury.
But amid an environment of rapprochement both sides have taken a softer tone in recent months. During their session last month Trump said the two had an excellent relationship.
The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, took a transcript of the CD with him to Pyongyang last week. Trumps top envoy met with North Korean officials in talks where the North described the US attitude as regrettable. Pompeo was not given an audience with Kim and did not have a chance to present the CD.
They didnt give it, I have it for him, they didnt dedicate it, but it will be given at a certain time, Trump told. He also hinted there were other presents for the North Korean dictator: I actually do have a little gift for him, but youll find out what that gift is when I dedicate it.
The South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo reported that Trump and Kim discussed the Elton John ballad during their summit in Singapore last month. Kim reportedly had never heard the song and Trump promised to send him a copy.
Despite the setback in the latest round of nuclear talks, Pompeo stressed the US was still seeking a diplomatic solution to North Koreas nuclear program. During a question and answer session with US troops in Afghanistan, he underscored the US commitment to developing a peaceful solution on the Korean Peninsula, in agreement with the state department.