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There have been numerous tell-all memoirs by those formerly in President Donald Trump's orbit, with some describing his chaotic and even dangerous behavior.
The vast majority of these books have been written by the President's enemies, but the latest to emerge is from one of the President's most vocal supporters: former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
Though Sanders continues to defend Donald Trump as a contributor on Fox News, that doesn't mean the book—Speaking for Myself—paints a completely flattering portrait of the President.
This is particularly true in one revelation within the memoir, in which Sanders relays a bizarre moment during negotiations with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at a summit in Singapore in 2018.
Sanders said she looked up
"[T]o notice Kim staring at me. We made direct eye contact and Kim nodded and appeared to wink at me. I was stunned. 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!?'"
The former Press Secretary told Trump and then-White House Chief of Staff John Kelly about the moment later.
According to Sanders, Trump replied:
"Kim Jong Un hit on you! He did! He f---ing hit on you!"
Sanders—a devout conservative Christian—asked Trump to stop, but he and Kelly "howled" with laughter, as Trump said:
"Well, Sarah, that settles it. 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!"
As White House Press Secretary, Sanders repeatedly defended Trump as a respecter of women, especially the numerous timesafter he fired off misogynistic insults on Twitter and in media interviews.
The moment in the book called that into question yet again.
i couldn't tell you how many times i've heard sarah sanders say donald trump is respectful to women -- yet in her own book she recounts the time he "howled with laughter" at the thought of her being prostituted to kim jong un for diplomacy https://t.co/rgdO6og1se
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) September 2, 2020
"I didn't expect him to be inappropriate to ME! Only OTHER women!"https://t.co/YJJUhUbm1O
— Kristen Page-Kirby (@kpagekirby) September 2, 2020
This makes me sick.
Why did SHS work for Trump? Why? She lied for him, put up with this degradation, and still lavishes praise on him?
Part of me pities her but part of me does NOT understand Republican women! https://t.co/Iiz0ps16UB
— Sharkspeare (@Sharkspeer) September 2, 2020
"No one respects women more than I do."
Actual Trump quote.
*gives side eye to Sarah Sanders* https://t.co/ck3HdZRUI0
— Sue Me (@IAmHighOnHeels) September 2, 2020
"Nobody respects women more than I do." - Donald J. Trump
— Cranky 🍩🥓🍩🥓🍩🥓🍩 (@6LBSofCarnitas) September 2, 2020
The revelation in the book set Twitter ablaze.
Sanders is the source for this? Sanders herself thinks this story is funny and paints Trump in a good light? And she was in charge of his PR? https://t.co/z027Lb2uc3
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) September 2, 2020
Trump told Sarah Sanders to “take one for the team" when Kim Jong Un winked at her. Trump is disgusting.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) September 2, 2020
Can we focus less on Sarah Sanders' appearance and more on the fact that Trump joked about pimping her out to a brutal dictator while John Kelly howled with laughter? Thanks.https://t.co/cUxrqpiTrt
— Holly Figueroa O'Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) September 2, 2020
Clicked to see why Sarah Sanders was trending and now I want to burn this website to ashes. I don't need to know this level of detail about the administration. pic.twitter.com/cDNfSjZGfw
— Tammy Gordon (@tammy) September 2, 2020
Sanders' memoir is set for release on September 8.