Book: Trump Wanted To Give Kim Self-Autographed Copy Of Elton’s “Rocket Man” In Order To Curry Favor

The Daily Beast reports:

In the summer of 2018, the president spent an immoderate amount of time fixating on delivering a Donald Trump-signed CD featuring Elton John’s 1972 hit “Rocket Man” to Kim Jong Un. But he wasn’t only trying to please the North Korean dictator with a disc that included a track with a song title of the nickname he’d given him. Trump also thought it would bring a smile to the face of his estranged friend—Sir Elton John himself.

According to the new book by former national security adviser John Bolton, Trump made the delivery of the disc to the totalitarian North Korean leader a diplomatic priority, following his high-profile 2018 Singapore summit with Kim. The president is a massive Elton John fan who had reportedly heard from Kim that he had never heard the song “Rocket Man.” So, naturally, Trump wanted to give the supreme leader a recording and advised his Secretary of State to make the delivery.

As it turned out, Pompeo didn’t meet Kim on the trip and Trump reportedly obsessed on getting the CD to him for months afterwards, thinking Elton would “get a kick out of it” and appreciate the publicity. At the link there’s more about Trump’s decades-long devotion to Elton’s music.