Political temperatures on the Korean Peninsula might be running from warm to hot as Pyongyang dictator Kim Jong Un pushes his nuclear arms program to dangerous levels, but the actual temperatures are getting a little chilly as the year nears an end.
That’s something not everyone in President Donald Trump’s entourage on his visit to South Korea was apparently prepared for.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, unfortunately, wasn’t quite layered for the weather. That’s when one of our men in uniform stepped in.
The U.K. Daily Mail reports that the temperature was near 50 degrees when Sanders stepped onto the tarmac at the Yongsan Garrison in Seoul after a presidential trip to the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea was aborted because of heavy fog. She hadn’t brought a jacket, however, and had her “arms crossed to conserve heat.” A reporter described her as “shivering.”
So, a soldier took matters into his own hands and lent Sanders his Army Combat Uniform jacket — setting off Sanders’ pearl necklace nicely.
— Steve Holland (@steveholland1) November 8, 2017
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders speaks to reporters after presidential helicopters returned US President Donald Trump to US Army Garrison Yongsan in Seoul, South Korea on November 8, 2017, due to bad weather just before they arrived for a vist to the DMZ. pic.twitter.com/I3cWO2TV7o
— Jim Watson (@JimWatson_AFP) November 8, 2017
“One of our brave soldiers was nice enough to loan me his flight jacket,” Sanders told the Daily Mail.
Our chivalrous hero was Chief Warrant Officer 2 Bobby Zizelman, according to a public affairs official at U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan.
His action was a bright spot in a morning marked by disappointment that Trump’s surprise visit to the DMZ was canceled when heavy fog forced Marine One to turn around just five minutes from its anticipated landing.
Considering attempts to land in heavy fog have killed world leaders before, this certainly wasn’t a poor decision, albeit one that did not please the commander in chief.
“He’s actually pretty frustrated,” Sanders said, adding the DMZ visit was “something the president wanted to do.”
“This did not work out as planned,” she added, something one is more used to hearing from Hillary Clinton’s camp.
“The fog was not going to clear. It didn’t look like it was going to clear for another hour or so and the president had his speech that he can’t be late for, in large part because we have to depart on time as well for China,” Sanders said.
But look at it this way: it’s one of the few times you’ll get to see pearls matched with camouflage.
For my money, that’s worth it.