It’s no secret that Donald Trump’s tenure as the President of the United States has had an indelible effect on the world of politics. But, it looks like he had a very unique style in diplomacy as well. Remember when he called the North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “Rocket Man”? Well, it turns out that Trump also played Elton John’s ‘Rocket Man’ to the Supreme Leader of North Korea, and we don’t know what to say about it.
Elton John’s Rocket Man is one of his most iconic songs in a very lucrative career. Released in 1972, the song has become an essential part of pop culture. His 2019 biopic also has the same name. However, even Sir Elton John wouldn’t have thought that his song would be used in the future by the US President as a prop in diplomacy. But, that’s exactly what Donald Trump did with the Supreme Leader of the most isolated country on Earth.
Speaking to a crowd at the FLA Live Arena in Sunrise, Florida on Saturday night, Donald Trump revealed that he gave Kim Jong Un a cassette of the Elton John classic, along with a machine to play it on. The former US President 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 favor because you love sending rockets all over the place.
Why Donald Trump called Kim Jong Un ‘Rocket Man,’ and he also gave the North Korean leader a signed CD from Elton John
Back in 2017, Trump first referred to Kim Jong Un as Rocket Man on Twitter. He then used the same nickname again, this time at the much more prestigious UN General Assembly during his speech. After that, he continued to call Kim Jong Un that name throughout his tenure. While talking in Sunrise, Trump said that he revealed to Kim the reason behind that nickname. And his explanation had little to do with Elton John’s song, saying:
I called you Rocketman — that was great — because I could see you, I could envisage you, sitting like you sit on a horse, on a saddle, sitting on a rocket flying over Japan.
That said, this was not the end of Donald Trump’s antics. Former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also brought a signed Elton John CD to lunch with Kim Jong-Un at Trump’s command, according to a South Korean newspaper. And at the time, Pompeo neither confirmed nor denied these rumors.