An interview with singer Kid Rock telling Tucker Carlson that Donald Trump showed him ‘maps of North Korea’ during a 2017 White House visit has resurfaced on social media.
It comes in the wake of the former U.S. President’s indictment in which he’s been hit with a total of 37 charges for his handling of classified documents.
Trump will appear in a Miami court on Tuesday afternoon and has already said he’ll be pleading not guilty.
In the 2022 interview, Rock said the embattled former business mogul asked him for assistance when writing a tweet about ISIS and probed the rocker on how he would handle North Korea – showing him maps in the Oval Office.
A 52-year-old Rock – whose real name is Bob Ritchie – is not the mystery person mentioned in the indictment, though the stories he told to Carlson do call into question Trump’s handling of top secret material.
Rock recalled one session with Trump when the now ex-president ‘ended the caliphate,’ a reference to the Islamic State terror group that took over parts of Iraq.
‘He wanted to put out a tweet. And it was like – I don’t like to speak out of school, I hope I’m not – but he said something like … and I’m paraphrasing – but it was like, ‘If you ever joined the caliphate, and trying to do this, you’re going to be dead,” the rocker recalled.
An interview with singer Kid Rock telling Tucker Carlson that Donald Trump showed him ‘maps of North Korea’ during a 2017 White House visit has resurfaced on social media
Rock – often a guest of Trump at the White House and a very public supporter of the president – was probed by Trump on how he would handle North Korea and showed him maps in the Oval Office
Trump asked Kid Rock his thoughts on the tweet, Kid Rock said.
‘I go, ‘Awesome. Like, yes tweet that out.’ I was like, ‘I can’t add anything better than [that],” he said.
Rock – often a guest of Trump at the White House and a very public supporter of the President – said when the actual tweet came out it was ‘reworded and more political and like a little politically correct.’
He also said he and Trump would be ‘looking at maps and s**t.’
‘And I’m like – I’m like, ‘Am I supposed to be like in on this s**t?’ Kid Rock said.
‘What do you think we should do about North Korea?’ Kid Rock also said he was asked. ‘I’m like, what? I don’t think I’m qualified to answer this.’
‘I make dirty records sometimes. What the f**k am I doing here?’ Kid Rock said of the pinch-me moments with the former commander-in-chief.
DailyMail.com has reached out to Kid Rock’s representatives for further comment.
A pair of lawyers for Donald Trump suddenly resigned from his defense team Friday in another shocking development just hours after the former president was indicted on classified documents and obstruction charges.
The lawyers, Jim Trusty and John Rowley, announced their move in a statement, soon after Trump issued a post thanking them for their work and saying he would be announcing ‘additional lawyers’ in the coming days – without saying who they were or why the pair left.
It was just one of the stunning turns Friday, when Trump aide and former ‘bodyman’ Walt Nauta was indicted in the same classified documents probe.
Trump could face 100 years behind bars if he is convicted of all seven charges related to mishandling of classified information, according to a report.
Former President Donald Trump and Kid Rock attend UFC 287 at the Kaseya Centerin April
US President Donald Trump speaks with Rock (left) prior to the 2018 signing of the Hatch-Goodlatte Music Modernization Act, a bipartisan bill aimed at ensuring artists who released records prior to 1972 are paid royalties from digital services
Trump posted a photo of himself golfing with the rap-rocker back in June of 2022
The 76-year-old on Thursday said he had been told he was being indicted in relation to espionage – the first time in U.S. history that a former president has faced federal charges.
Trump is facing four separate counts each carrying a potential prison time of 20 years: conspiracy to obstruct justice; withholding a document or record; corruptly concealing a document or record; and concealing a document in a federal investigation.
One count carries a 10 year sentence: willful retention of national defense information.
And the final two counts have a maximum of five years each: scheme to conceal, and false statements and representations. Trump’s indictment remains under seal, but his decision to publicize it means feds could unseal it as early as Friday, ahead of next Tuesday’s court appearance in Miami.
The news was met with outrage among the Republican party, with even his 2024 rival, Ron DeSantis, declaring that the ‘weaponization of federal law enforcement represents a mortal threat to a free society.’ DeSantis stopped short of saying whether he’d pardon his rival if Trump was convicted, despite calls for the Florida governor to commit to doing so.
Trump himself – who was in Bedminster, New Jersey when the charging news broke – condemned the indictment in a clip which The New York Times said was pre-recorded, saying it was political persecution, and said: ‘I am innocent.’
Donald Trump left classified documents scattered across his bathroom and the Mar-a-Lago ballroom and bragged to aides about taking military secrets, according to the stunning indictment unsealed by the Department of Justice on Friday
Extraordinary new photos (above) revealed in the damning filing lay out how Trump valet Walt Nauta walked into a storage room and found intelligence files on allies including the United Kingdom and Australia spilled on the floor
In one photo, the cardboard boxes are seen stacked in front of a shower curtain and next to a sink in a Mar-a-Lago bathroom. Some of Trump’s aides simply called the files ‘his papers’
He will appear in court in Miami on Tuesday at 3pm, where the charges will be put to him. Trump denies all allegations he faces.
Jack Smith, the special counsel who is overseeing the investigation, has not commented.
He was indicted in Manhattan in April on state charges of making hush money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels – those state charges, too, were historic.
But the classified information charges are federal and significantly more serious, and carry hefty prison sentences.
THE CHARGES TRUMP FACES AND THE MAXIMUM PRISON SENTENCES
Trump lawyers have confirmed he is facing seven federal charges. They have not received the formal indictment, but have been sent summonses that suggest he will face the below counts and maximum sentences.
- Willful retention of national defense information in violation of The Espionage Act (maximum penalty of 20 years in prison if convicted)
- Conspiracy to obstruct justice (20 years)
- Withholding a document or record (20 years)
- Corruptly concealing a document or record (20 years)
- Concealing a document in a federal investigation (20 years)
- Scheme to conceal (five years)
- False statements and representations (five years)
Prosecutors have investigated the transfer of presidential files to his Mar-a-Lago Florida estate since last year.
The probe exploded into the headlines in August when the FBI searched Trump’s Florida home, recovering 11,000 documents, including about 100 that were marked as classified.
For his part, Trump has repeatedly insisted he did nothing wrong and that he is the victim of a federal witch hunt.
At times the controversy has even boosted his standing in the polls and allowed him to raise money from supporters who see a ‘deep state’ plot to take him out of the 2024 race.
‘The corrupt Biden Administration has informed my attorneys that I have been Indicted, seemingly over the Boxes Hoax, even though Joe Biden has 1850 Boxes at the University of Delaware, additional Boxes in Chinatown, D.C., with even more Boxes at the University of Pennsylvania, and documents strewn all over his garage floor where he parks his Corvette, and which is ‘secured’ by only a garage door that is paper thin, and open much of the time,’ Trump wrote on Truth Social Thursday night.
‘I have been summoned to appear at the Federal Courthouse in Miami on Tuesday, at 3 PM. I never thought it possible that such a thing could happen to a former President of the United States, who received far more votes than any sitting President in the History of our Country, and is currently leading, by far, all Candidates, both Democrat and Republican, in Polls of the 2024 Presidential Election. I AM AN INNOCENT MAN!’
Later Thursday night, he put out a video.
‘Very sadly we’re a nation in decline and yet they go after a very popular president,’ Trump said.
‘I’m an innocent man, I did nothing wrong,’ he continued, vowing to ‘fight this out.’
In an interview with Fox News Digital, Trump also said he would ‘of course’ plead not guilty.
Security is already being increased around the courthouse in Miami ahead of his appearance before a judge, scheduled for 3pm on Tuesday.
The investigation into Trump’s handling of classified documents is being overseen by a special counsel, Jack Smith, who was appointed by the Attorney General Merrick Garland in November.
Kid Rock’s political resume: From calling Clinton a ‘goddamned pimp’ to supporting the Iraq War
The five-time Grammy nominee attended Romeo High School in Michigan
Made supportive statements about presidents in both parties including Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump
Said Clinton was ‘a goddamned pimp’ for getting away with his affair with Monica Lewinsky
Identifies as a Republican, but has said he’s more ‘to the middle’ on social issues
Supported the Iraq War
Told The New York Daily News in 2003, ‘We got to kill that mother-f**ker Saddam. Slit his throat. Kill him and the guy in North Korea’
Played at Obama’s inauguration
Campaigned for Mitt Romney in 2012, and endorsed Ben Carson in 2015 before becoming a Trump supporter
In 2015 he said he supported the legalization of pot, cocaine and heroin – and while he’s a gun collector he told The Guardian, ‘I don’t think crazy people should have guns.’
Flirted with running for the U.S. Senate in 2017 against Michigan’s Democratic incumbent Sen. Debbie Stabenow