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Kristi Noem mum on whether she told ghostwriter to include Kim Jong Un ‘meeting’ in book

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem refused Monday to reveal whether she instructed her forthcoming book’s ghostwriter to write that she had met with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un — regardless of no proof such a gathering ever came about and the truth that such a declare would definitely be fact-checked upon publication.

“I specifically have worked on policy for over 30 years and over that time, I have traveled around the world and I have met with leaders around the world,” Noem, 52, told “CBS Mornings.”

The Republican additionally refused to say as soon as once more whether or not she truly met with the pariah state’s chief, merely saying: “I should not have put that anecdote in the book.”

Multiple shops, together with The Post, reported final week on Noem’s declare in her tome “No Going Back” to have greeted Kim whereas a member of the House Armed Services Committee between 2013 and 2015.

Noem visited US ally South Korea as a part of a delegation organized by then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) in April 2014, however there are not any data of her — or any legislator — ever touring to the American adversary to the North. (Kim isn’t identified to have left North Korea for official or unofficial visits throughout the interval when Noem stated she met with him.)

The governor has additionally ducked questions on why or how she didn’t catch the obtrusive mistake — if certainly that’s what it was — whereas recording the audiobook of “No Going Back.”

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Kim Jong Un hardly ever leaves his Hermit Kingdom. KCNA VIA KNS/AFP by way of Getty Images

“I’m not talking about that meeting. I’m not talking about my meeting with world leaders,” she insisted Monday. “There are some that are in the book and then there’s some that’s [sic] not in the book — many of them actually.”

In a galley copy seen by The Post, Noem mirrored on the supposed assembly with Kim, writing: “I’m sure he underestimated me, having no clue about my experience staring down little tyrants (I’d been a children’s pastor, after all).”

In a Sunday interview with CBS’ “Face The Nation,” Noem tried a unique clarification, telling moderator Margaret Brennan that “I went to the DMZ [demilitarized zone]. And there are details in this book that talk about going to the DMZ and specifics that I’m willing to share.”

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Kristi Noem insists that she’s a canine lover. Facebook / Kristi Noem

The DMZ is a closely fortified 160-mile-long buffer that divides North and South Korea, however visiting the world isn’t the identical as setting foot in the Hermit Kingdom.

Noem additionally tried once more Monday to handle the controversy about her capturing a 14-month-old pet roughly 20 years in the past, one other of the infamous episodes outlined in the book.

“Oh, I love dogs. Yeah, I have a dear dog named Foster right now that goes everywhere with me,” Noem declared.

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The South Dakota governor loves to hunt. Facebook / Kristi Noem

“The purpose of telling the story was so that people would know I don’t pass my responsibilities onto anybody else,” she added when requested why she didn’t merely give the canine away. “It was extremely hard for me and that’s clear when you read the story.”

The South Dakota Republican defined Cricket, a wirehaired pointer, had been very aggressive, prompting issues for the protection of her youngsters.

“I hated that dog,” Noem recalled in a book excerpt previewed by The Guardian. “[Cricket was] dangerous to anyone she came in contact with.”

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Kristi Noem touted herself as a pacesetter who makes ‘tough’ choices. Aristide Economopoulos

Later, Noem described capturing a “disgusting, musky, rancid” smelling household goat that she stated would accost her youngsters and knock them down

“My political opponents have tried to use this story against me in previous campaigns. I want people to know the truth. And that’s why I put that in this book,” Noem claimed Monday.

On Sunday, Noem had evaded a query about what she meant in the book when she wrote that President Biden’s nippy former canine Commander ought to “say hello to” Cricket.

Kristi Noem sitting at a desk with a clock in the background
The governor’s upcoming book has already stoked controversy forward of its launch. Amazon

“How many people is enough people to be attacked and dangerously hurt before you make a decision on a dog?” she requested aloud whereas refraining from outright calling for Commander’s execution.

The first canine, who’s believed to have bitten dozens of individuals and drawn blood from a Secret Service agent, was given to Biden family members, the White House introduced in February.

Noem’s title had been tossed round as a possible vice presidential contender, just for Trump marketing campaign sources to inform The Post she had “no shot” after revealing the story of Cricket in the book.

“No Going Back: The Truth on What’s Wrong with Politics and How We Move America Forward,” is slated to hit bookshelves Tuesday.

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