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Trump: Kim Jong-Un is ‘a Pretty Smart Cookie’ For Maintaining Power in North Korea

During his interview about the escalating situation with North Korea, President Donald Trump seemed to offer positive thoughts about Kim Jong-Un when he described the rogue leader as a “pretty smart cookie.”

Trump had a wide-ranging interview on CBS’ Face the Nation, during which, he dismissed the notion of Russia’s 2016 election interference again, and he also took a moment to slam John Dickerson right on the spot. Trump was asked to discuss North Korea’s recent weapons tests, which eventually caused Dickerson to ask the president what he thinks about the hermit kingdom’s despotic leader.

Trump answered by referring to how Kim took his father’s place at a relatively early age, and how Kim consolidated his power by killing family members and various generals who threatened his supremacy.

“People are saying ‘Is he sane?’ I have no idea…but he was a young man of 26 or 27 when he took over from his father, when his father died. He’s dealing with obviously very tough people,” Trump said. “A lot of people, I’m sure, tried to take that power away, whether it was his uncle or anybody else. And he was able to do it, so obviously, he’s a pretty smart cookie.”

Trump went on to say that past administrations should’ve resolved North Korea long before he took office. These comments were not the first where Trump seemed complimenting of the North Korean dictator.

Watch above, via CBS.

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