Reports from The Guardian surfaced claiming that Trump pressured former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders to “take one for the team” after she caught Kim Jong Un giving her a flirtatious wink at a leaders summit in Singapore in 2018. The hilarious scene is described in Sander’s upcoming book “Speaking for Myself” set to release next week.
In her book, Sanders describes the incident that took place after President Trump offered a tic-tac to Kim Jong Un.
Sanders then 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.”
“…All I could think was, ‘What just happened? Surely Kim Jong-un did not just mark me!?’”
Later, in the presidential limousine, Sanders told Trump and his then-chief of staff, John Kelly, what happened. “Kim Jong Un hit on you!” Trump said. “He did! He f–ing hit on you!”
Trump is then said to have joked:
“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 the book.
While some have been quick to cry out the dialogue as being “bizarre” or “misogynistic” in another effort to criticize Trump it’s easy to see the exchange was clearly laden with sarcasm and was not meant to be taken seriously.