EXCLUSIVE – Former CIA Director and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo highlights his 2018 clandestine trip to North Korea when he first met the dictator of the totalitarian regime, Kim Jong Un, in the first chapter of his memoir, which soon to be published, “Never Give An Inch: Fighting For The America I Love.”
The new book by Pompeo, an Army veteran and congressman from Kansas who served as the head of the spy agency and top US diplomat during the administration of then-President Donald Trump, will be published by HarperCollins next Tuesday, January 24.
The memoir, which the editors say shows how Pompeo “led the Trump administration’s most significant foreign policy advances,” previews a possible 2024 Republican presidential campaign for Pompeo, who said he is seriously considering a run for the White House. .
“It was not the Easter weekend that I had planned,” Pompeo wrote in an excerpt first shared with Fox News on Tuesday. “My clandestine mission began on Good Friday, March 30, 2018, when I departed from Andrews Air Force Base. My destination: Pyongyang, North Korea. I was headed to one of the darkest places in the world to meet with the Chairman Kim Jong Un, its darkest inhabitant”.
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“The mission was a complete secret, known only to a few. My goal: to correct past failed attempts that had failed to eliminate North Korea’s nuclear weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and had, in fact, led to the increase current threat,” Pompeo wrote.
Pompeo, who was CIA director at the time of the secret mission, recounted firsthand his arrival in the North Korean capital and his first glimpse of Kim Jong Un.
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“This small, sweaty, evil man tried to break the ice with all the charm you’d expect from a serial killer. ‘Mr. Director,’ he opened, ‘I didn’t think you’d show up. I know you.’ He’s been trying to kill me. My The team and I had prepared for this moment, but ‘a joke about a murder’ was not on the list of ‘things to say when greeting you’, but I was, after all, a director of the CIA, so maybe Maybe his bon mot made sense,” Pompeo wrote.
“I decided to support myself with a bit of humor of my own: ‘Mr. President, I’m still trying to kill you.’ In the photo taken seconds after that exchange, Kim is still smiling. He seemed sure that he was joking,” Pompeo wrote.
Writing a book is a rite of passage for many actual and potential presidential candidates. Former Vice President Mike Pence, who is likely to launch a run for the White House, is continuing a national book tour for his new autobiography, “So Help Me God.”
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“If You Want Something Done: Leadership Lessons from Bold Women,” the latest book by another likely Republican White House hopeful, former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, was published in October. Haley served as ambassador to the United Nations during the Trump administration.
And as Fox News first reported two months ago, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis of Florida will chronicle his life in public service in a new book to be published in late February. The autobiography of DeSantis, who was overwhelmingly re-elected in November, is titled “The Courage to Be Free: Florida’s Plan for America’s Rebirth.”
Following the end of the Trump administration, Pompeo spent time touring the country on behalf of his fellow Republicans running in the 2022 midterm elections. The Fox News contributor’s trips included numerous stops in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada, the first four states to vote on the Republican Party’s presidential nomination schedule.
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Last year, Pompeo’s political action committee posted ads in early voting nominee states, another sign that he is seriously considering a run for the White House. When asked in an interview with Fox News Digital in November about his plans for 2024, Pompeo responded that “we’re doing the things that one would do to be ready to make such an announcement and then engage with the American people on the ideas that we believe.” . to import.”