Kristi Noem refuses to admit she didn’t meet Kim Jong Un

Kristi Noem refuses to admit she didn’t meet Kim Jong Un

The editor behind Kristi Noem’s new political memoir, No going backmight wish they could take it all back.

On Monday, Noem again dodged questions about her claims that she met with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, once again refusing to discuss her interactions with world leaders when questioned by a panel on CBS Mornings.

“Did you tell your ghostwriter to write that down?” » asked host Natalie Morales.

Noem replied: “No, I have worked specifically on politics for 30 years. And during that time, I traveled the world and met with leaders from around the world. And this anecdote, I asked them to modify the content.

Morales pressed the governor for a “yes or no” answer regarding a possible meeting with Kim, and Noem once again refused.

On Sunday, two days before the book’s release, Center Street Publishing, a Hachette Livre subsidiary specializing in right-wing protest literature, announced that it would remove an anecdote in which the South Dakota governor falsely claimed to have met Kim Jong Un.

“At the request of Governor Noem, we are removing a passage regarding Kim Jong Un from his book No Going Back, upon reprinting of the print edition and as soon as technically possible on the audio and ebook editions,” the publisher wrote in a statement. on social networks.

“Any further questions regarding the passage should be directed to the author. »

Noem receives many questions about the inconsistencies and controversial anecdotes already identified in No going back. Widespread backlash around the book following Noem’s gleeful description of the execution of a 14-month-old hound named Cricket worsened last week when allegations emerged that the governor had fabricated stories of the meetings with leading political figures.

According to Dakota Scout, who obtained a copy of the book, Noem claims that as a congresswoman, she met Kim Jong Un.

“Through my tenure on the House Armed Services Committee, I have had the opportunity to travel to many countries to meet with world leaders,” Noem wrote. “I remember meeting North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. I’m sure he underestimated me, having no idea of ​​my experience dealing with petty tyrants (I had been a children’s pastor , after all).

While Noem took a trip to China with the committee in 2014, Kim did not leave North Korea until 2018, nearly a decade after taking over as leader of the country.

The governor was also accused of fabricating a story in which she canceled a meeting with Emmanuel Macron following the French president’s comments on the war between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza. Macron’s office denied ever extending an official invitation to Noem.

The book has already been the subject of widespread mockery. Saturday Night Live ” skewered Noem on “Weekend Update” and host Dua Lipa joked in her opening monologue that even she — a radical optimist — couldn’t put a positive spin on Noem’s puppy killing.

Noem seems determined to continue her humiliating promotional media tour for the book. Sunday, during an appearance on the CBS show Face the Nation, the governor dodged questions about how a fake meeting with Kim could have appeared in the book.

“Well, as soon as it was brought to my attention, I certainly made some changes and looked at that passage, and I met with many, many world leaders,” she said. “I’m not going to talk about my specific meetings with world leaders, I’m just not going to do it. This anecdote should not have been in the book, and as soon as it was brought to my attention, I ensured that it was corrected.

Later in the interview, Noem was asked about a passage in the book in which she appears to suggest that President Biden’s dog Commander should be put down. Noem writes that if she ever made it to the White House, her first act would be to make sure “Joe Biden’s dog was nowhere on the ground.” Commander, say hello to Cricket. The commander was previously kicked out of the White House after allegedly biting Secret Service personnel on at least 24 occasions.

“Are you saying (the commander) should be shot? » host Margaret Brennan asked incredulous questions about the passage.

Noem did not acknowledge the question, instead speaking about Brennan and deflecting the criticisms as banal attacks from her opponents.


While this debacle is already embarrassing, it could cost the MAGA governor more than just his credibility in the public eye. As previously reported rolling stone, Noem’s puppy-killing ways and poor public relations skills may have killed her chances of becoming Donald Trump’s vice president. Trump, according to sources, repeatedly questioned Noem’s decision to execute the dog, including asking “Why would she do that?” and “What’s wrong with her?”

It’s getting “a little ridiculous” how “disgusted” the former president looked, a source said.