Eager to accomplish one thing — anything — during his term in office, President Trump is trumpeting his summit with North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un as an unprecedented breakthrough that only he could have made happen.
Never mind that the agreement signed is so vague on details as to be practically worthless, but the deal is worse than the Iran agreement made by the Obama administration that Trump has so vociferously condemned as the worst deal in history.
What’s worse is the praise that Trump has been piling on Kim, a man he once derided as “little rocket man.” The president totally dismissed accusations that he ignored North Korea’s human rights violations by essentially making excuses for the young dictator.
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“Hey, he’s a tough guy. When you take over a country—a tough country, tough people—and you take it over from your father, I don’t care who you are, what you are, how much of an advantage you have. If you can do that at 27 years old, I mean, that’s one in 10,000 that could do that. So he’s a very smart guy. He’s a great negotiator,” Trump said on Fox News.
When pressed further on the horrendous actions that Kim has taken towards his own people, Trump responded:
“Yeah, but so have other people done some really bad things. I could go through a lot of nations where a lot of bad things were done,” echoing the response he gave about his lionization of Vladimir Putin when he said “What do you think, our country’s so innocent?”
Trump paints a flattering portrait of Kim Jong-un as a tough guy in his own mold; unfortunately, the president is not intelligent enough to realize that the comparison is neither a compliment to Kim nor himself.
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