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Donald Trump played Elton John’s ‘Rocket Man’ when he met Kim Jong-un
December 13, 2021
Donald Trump has revealed he gave North Korean leader Kim Jong-un a copy of Sir Elton John’s famous hit ‘Rocket Man’ as a gift.
The former US president claimed that the then US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo took a cassette and a “machine” to play the song on when the US delegation went to meet Kim Jong-un.
A delegation was in the country for denuclearisation talks at the time when Trump claims to have given the gift.
Trump was talking about the ‘Rocket Man’ present during his "History Tour" in Florida on Saturday.
Speaking at the event, Trump details that the North Korean leader was asked if he knew the song and he responded “no”.
He goes on to say how he brought a cassette version of the song and a machine Kim Jong-un could listen to it on.
Trump said: "I made sure the machine wasn't made in South Korea.
"I played it for him quickly and I said, 'I did you a great favour because you love sending rockets all over the place'.”
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Trump continued to say how he “envisioned” Kim Jong-un sitting on a “rocket flying over Japan”.
Kim Jong-un was nicknamed “Rocket Man” by Trump in 2017 when he referred to the leader in a tweet.
In the tweet, which came before Trump was eventually banned from Twitter, said: “I spoke with President Moon of South Korea last night. Asked him how Rocket Man is doing. Long gas lines forming in North Korea. Too bad!"
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Trump continued to use the nickname to describe Kim Jong-un until US diplomats later branded the tweet ill-advised, according to Sputnik.
This is the first time Trump has publicly spoken about how Kim Jong-un was given a copy of the Elton John classic after previous reports suggested it was a CD.
Trump is due to speak again on his tour on December 18 and 19 at the Toyota Centre in Houston and the American Airlines Centre in Dallas.
According to The Independent, a spokesperson for Trump said the tour had generated $5million to $7million in revenue, despite reports of tickets not selling.