Only days after being sworn in as the 70th Secretary of State – and already the second in the Trump administration – Mike Pompeo has proven himself to be as inept as we expected.
According to a new State Department readout of Pompeo’s remarks as he travels to Yokota Air Base in Japan, the Secretary of State refers to Kim Jong-un as “Chairman Un.”
See below for an excerpt from the readout:
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It should go without saying that the nation’s top diplomat should know that “Kim” is the family name, not “Un.” In fact, even if Kim wasn’t the family name, the “Un” is part of a hyphenate – “Jong-un” that Pompeo bizarrely decided to truncate. Perhaps he was unaware of Kim Jong-un’s father and predecessor, Kim Jong-il, or he simply decided that he would give his son a different last name, but they’d share first names.
On the contrary, the names of Kim dynasty members are not arbitrary but are chosen to convey a specific meaning.
While the misstep is not a national security issue, it is yet another embarrassing blunder for an administration that can’t seem to get even the most banal requirements of their jobs correct. That includes spelling and pronouncing correctly words, names, countries, and years.
At least until Trump opens his mouth again, he is not currently the worst speller at the White House.