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Donald Trump told his press secretary to "take one for the team" after Kim Jong-un winked at her, she has revealed in a book.
Sarah Sanders, the White House Press Secretary from 2017 to 2019, has shared one or two eye-opening anecdotes about her years working for the US President in her memoir Speaking for Myself, the Guardian reports.
The die-hard Trump loyalist claims North Korean leader Kim took a shining to her when the US President visited Singapore for a summit aimed at defusing tensions between Washington and Pyongyang.
In her book, Sanders says that while she was taking notes at the conference she suddenly “noticed Kim staring at me".
She adds: “We made direct eye contact and Kim nodded and appeared to wink at me.”
“I was stunned,” she writes.
“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, Trump joked his devout Christian press secretary, who at that time was married to political consultant Bryan Sanders, would have to “take one for the team” and move to North Korea.
She later writes she told Trump that was not what she meant, and said: “Sir, please stop.”
He then “howled with laughter”, she adds.
Responding to reports Trump was “siding with” the North Korean dictator after controversial missile tests, Sanders says that's an exaggeration.
But she adds in the book Trump agreed with Kim’s assessment of Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden.
“North Korea fired off some small weapons, which disturbed some of my people, and others, but not me,” Trump tweeted.
“I have confidence that Chairman Kim will keep his promise to me, and also smiled when he called Swampman Joe Biden a low IQ individual, and worse.
“Perhaps that’s sending me a signal?”
While Sanders left the Trump administration in 2019 and took up a job with Fox News, she remains a staunch Trump loyalist.
Her Speaking for Myself book – which carries the subtitle Faith, Freedom and the Fight of Our Lives Inside the Trump White House – will be released on September 8.
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