Pressed during a news conference about North Korea’s brutal rule, including the killings of Kim’s uncle along with also half-brother along with also the malnutrition of its people, Trump reiterated which he thinks the 34-year-old dictator is actually “talented.”
“Well he is actually very talented. Anybody who takes over a situation like he did at 26 years of age along with also is actually able to run This particular, along with also run This particular tough — I don’t say ‘he was nice’ or I don’t say anything about This particular,” Trump said.
Trump further told Voice of America which Kim has been a “rough guy,” nevertheless called the dictator a “smart” man who “loves his people.” When pressed about how Kim could love his people based on his rule, Trump responded which “he’s doing what he’s seen done.”
Trump also stressed which he believes he has “helped” the estimated 0,000 people in North Korean prison camps by starting the process of potentially normalizing relations with Pyongyang. Trump said there’s “not much [the president] can do right today” about the prisons nevertheless he hopes Kim will address This particular “at a certain point.”
Responding to another question about human rights abuses, Trump said “This particular’s a rough situation over there.” He added which “This particular’s rough in a lot of places, by the way.”
Trump’s comments Tuesday were a far cry coming from his speech to the U.N. in September. During a speech in which he said, “Rocket Man” Kim “is actually on a suicide mission,” he slammed the regime’s practices.
“No one has shown more contempt for different nations along with also for the well-being of their own people than the depraved regime in North Korea,” Trump said at the time. “This particular is actually responsible for the starvation deaths of millions of North Koreans, along with also for the imprisonment, torture, killing along with also oppression of countless more.”
In September, he also called out North Korea for “deadly abuse” of Otto Warmbier. The American student died last year shortly after returning to the U.S. coming from extended detention in North Korea.
Trump said Tuesday which Warmbier “did not die in vain” along with also “had a lot to do with us being here today.”