People Are Aghast Over Trump Saying That Sarah Sanders Should ‘Take One For The Team’ And Sleep With Kim Jong Un

It’s been over a year since Sarah Sanders left her job as the White House Press Secretary, a position she held for nearly two years, starting in mid-2017. Thanks to the gig’s current employee, Kayleigh McEnany, she’s no longer the most notorious person to ever hold that job, though both have been routinely accused of lying to the nation to protect her boss. And yet in her new memoir, Speaking for Myself, Sanders offers one anecdote that doesn’t exactly paint Trump in a positive light — even though it’s possible she finds it charming.

As per The New York Times, one of a number of publication who received advanced sections of the memoir, Sanders has a story about a creepy run-in she had with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during a summit held in Singapore in 2018. At some point, Sanders writes, Kim “made direct eye contact and Kim nodded and appeared to wink at me.” She says she was “stunned,” and on the trip back home on Air Force One, she relayed the anecdote to Trump and then-White House chief of staff John F. Kelly. That’s when Trump’s boorish side came out:

“Kim winked at you?” Mr. Trump asked, adding, “Are you telling me Kim Jong-un hit on you!?!?”

Ms. Sanders made clear she didn’t mean that, but Mr. Trump and Mr. Kelly continued to joke about Mr. Kim’s intentions.

“Well, Sarah, that settles it,” Ms. Sanders recalls the president joking. “You’re going to North Korea and taking one for the team! Your husband and kids will miss you, but you’ll be a hero to your country!”

Of course, it’s highly unlikely Sanders, whose memoir is reportedly filled with glowing remembrances of her contentious former employer, meant this to be read in a negative light. Boys will be boys, seems to be her intended takeaway. But given his history of sexism — and the over two dozen women who have accused him of sexual misconduct — a story about the president joking about one of his top female staffers submitting herself to one of the world’s most powerful dictators doesn’t, to put it lightly, come off too great. Sure enough, the story didn’t go over so well over Twitter.

First, a word from comedian J-L Cauvin, who’s doing his best Trump imitation.

Though some simply found the tale yet another bizarro detail from Trumpland.

In lighter news, Sanders book also has an anecdote about Trump, at the same summit, offering Kim a Tic Tac breath mint, only for Kim to respond with confusion. He was, Sanders thought, “Probably concerned it was an attempt to poison him.”