It is more than fair to say that the world was a little shocked when North Korea suddenly came to heel after an intense war of words with Donald Trump.
That’s not to say that President Trump can’t be intimidating – he certainly can be – but the surprise that we experienced in the case of North Korea has more to do with the sudden turnaround on their end. You see, North Korea has absolutely despised America and its people for decades. For at least 60 years, North Korean officials and media producers have constantly harped on how America is to blame for all of the problems faced by the people living under the heinous and vile roof of the Kim Dynasty.
In reality, their staunch isolationism and bitter despotism had doomed the nation, and the dictatorial leadership just needed a scapegoat.
U.S. – North Korea relations took an incredibly strange turn in recent months, however, as President Donald Trump engaged himself fully in the affair upon taking office. This led to some incredibly tense moments, specifically as North Korean leaders threatened to send a nuclear-warhead-equipped ICBM barreling into the west coast of the United States.
During the war of words, Donald Trump fell back into his old routine of giving his political opponents demeaning nicknames; something that became almost sublime during the 2016 presidential debates. For Kim Jong Un, that nickname was “Little Rocket Man”, jesting both about the despot’s diminutive stature and about his infantile missile program.
Now, as the U.S. and North Korea are seemingly cooperating on a plan to fully denuclearize the nation, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in the region to keep things on the up and up. Mr. Secretary arrived in the DPRK on Friday with two gifts for Kim Jong Un…one of which was quite entertaining.
The conservative South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo reported Monday that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed in Pyongyang Friday carrying two gifts for dictator Kim Jong-un: a private letter from President Donald Trump and a copy of Elton John’s Rocket Man CD.
President Trump took to calling Kim “Little Rocket Man” on Twitter and in public remarks throughout 2017, a reference to his repeatedly construction and launching of illegal medium-range missiles, threatening Japan, South Korea, and American territories in the region.
Chosun Ilbo cites “sources in Washington” for the gift details, with one source saying that Trump discussed Elton John during his meeting with Kim in Singapore.
“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,” the source said. “Trump then asked Kim if he knew the song and Kim said no.”
Trump reportedly wrote a message for Kim on the CD as well as sending a personal letter. If the report is true, Kim will now likely be the first North Korean within the country to listen to Elton John’s music.
It is nice to know that we have a President confident enough in his abilities at the negotiating table to at least have a little fun with the job, isn’t it?
I’m more of a “Your Song” kind of guy myself, but I don’t mind having a little Elton John bouncing around the old noggin on a Friday, so here’s to you Kimmy Boy. Glad you came around.