Mike Pompeo joked to Kim Jong Un that he was ‘still trying to kill’ him throughout 2018 assembly, memoir reveals

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Mike, meet Kim.

In his forthcoming memoir, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recounts a slipshod introduction to North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in March 2018 — that resulted in Pompeo telling the US adversary that Washington was “still trying to kill you.”

Pompeo, the earlier Kansas congressman and director of the Central Intelligence Agency, remembers in “Never Give an Inch: Fighting for the America I Love” his impression of Kim as a “small, sweating, evil man” who “tried to break the ice with all the charm you would expect from a mass murderer,” in response to an excerpt shared with Fox News Digital.

“Mr. Director,” Pompeo says Kim knowledgeable him, a reference to his prior place as CIA chief. “I didn’t think you’d show up. I know you’ve been trying to kill me.”

“My team and I had prepared for this moment, but ‘a joke about assassination’ was not on the list of ‘things he may say when he greets you,’” Pompeo writes, together with that he “decided to lean in with a little humor of my own.”

“Mr. Chairman, I’m still trying to kill you,” Pompeo says he responded in jest, leaving Kim with a smile for the formal picture taken seconds after their alternate. “He seemed confident that I was kidding.” 

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shakes hands with US President Donald Trump
Pompeo labored as Trump’s secretary of state.

In this May 9, 2018, file photo provided by the North Korean government, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, left, shakes hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a meeting at Workers' Party of Korea headquarters in Pyongyang, North Korea.
Pompeo recounted his awkward introduction to Kim Jong Un nearly 5 years up to now.


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“Never Give an Inch: Fighting for the America I Love.”
Pompeo is releasing the e-book “Never Give an Inch: Fighting for the America I Love.”
In this file photo taken on June 12, 2018 US President Donald Trump (R) meets with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un (L) at the start of their US-North Korea summit, at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island in Singapore.
Trump and Kim Jong Un met throughout the previous president’s time in office.


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The meeting between Pompeo and Kim laid the groundwork for the first of three conferences between the North Korean tyrant and former President Donald Trump, which befell in Singapore that June.

The second meeting between Trump and Kim befell the following February in Hanoi, Vietnam, and the two leaders met for a third and supreme time on the Korean Demilitarized Zone in June 2019.

Pompeo writes that the purpose of his go to was to “correct the failed efforts of the past that had not eliminated North Korea’s nuclear weapons of mass destruction (WMD), and had, in fact, led to the current heightened threat.”

Pyongyang has since ramped up its missile program, testing better than 70 ballistic and totally different missiles ready to reaching the US mainland, South Korea and Japan in 2022.

The Jan. 24 launch of his memoir is the newest indicator that Pompeo, 59, is considering a run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024 in the direction of his former boss.

After leaving office in January 2021, Pompeo stumped for fellow Republicans ahead of the 2022 midterm elections, making fairly just a few stops in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada — the first 4 states to vote in 2024’s GOP primary season. His PAC even ran adverts inside the early-voting states ultimate 12 months.

Asked about his 2024 plans, Pompeo knowledgeable Fox News Digital in November that “we are doing the things that one would do to be ready to make such an announcement and then to engage with the American people on the ideas that we believe matter.”

Other potential challengers to Trump embrace Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, former Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, former Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC.)


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