Metro USA reports:
No, President Donald Trump didn’t coin the Rocket Man nickname for the leader of North Korea —British business magazine The Economist first used the nickname 11 years ago to describe then-North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, the father of current leader Kim Jong Un.
The cover of the magazine’s July 8, 2006 issue featured Kim Jong Il, who died in 2011, blasting off into the sky, with the words “Rocket man” plastered across the bottom of the page. The elder Kim held similar aspirations as his son does of nuclear capabilities for the rogue Asian nation.
But despite the evidence, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders took to the airwaves on Wednesday to defend the Elton John-inspired “Rocket man” nickname as a Donald Trump original. “Look, that’s a President Trump original. As you know, he’s a master in branding,” Huckabee Sanders said on Fox News.