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Published on July 6th, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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In a weird bit of international diplomacy, Donald Trump sent a copy of Elton John’s “Rocket Man” to Kim Jong-Un

Remember the scary pre-nuclear armageddon rhetoric between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un? We learned what the word “dotard” meant while Elton John’s “Rocket Man” was thrust forward in our consciousness when Trump dismissed Kim’s nuclear ambitions by calling him “Little Rocket Man.”

But following the summit in Singapore last month, all seems to be forgiven. Trump and Kim are BFFs, even as (a) North Korea continues to work on their nuclear programs; and (b) Trump attacks US allies over trade and military spending while continuing to cozy up to Vladimir Putin.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is back in Pyongyang this week to continue to continue de-nuking the Korean peninsula. The Chosunilbo, a South Korean newspaper, reports that he brought a gift for Kim: an Elton John CD featuring “Rocket Man.”

When Trump asked Kim in Singapore if he got the “rocket man” reference, Kim replied that he didn’t because he wasn’t familiar with the song. I guess Trump is just trying to help out.

We don’t know what exact CD was presented to Kim (maybe this one?) but it’s reported that Trump wrote a note on the disc and signed it.

I wonder what Elton John thinks of all this?




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