Trump Praises Kim Jong Un: I Want My People to Treat Me Like North Koreans Treat Him


President Donald Trump gave a wild and impromptu interview to Fox & Friends host Peter Doocy on Friday, and continued his praise of Kim Jong Un, even suggesting he wished he received the same adulation as the North Korean dictator from his own staff.

When asked about the progress of North Korea’s denuclearization, Trump said of Kim, “He wants to do it. He wants to do something great with his country. He wants to make his country great.”

Then, unprompted, Trump explained Kim’s leadership of North Korea, and suggested he envied the dictator’s power.

“He’s the head of a country, and I mean, he’s the strong head, don’t let anyone think anyone different,” Trump said. “He speaks and his people sit up at attention. I want my people to do the same.”

It’s tricky to discern who Trump is talking about when he says “his people” here, but a generous reading holds he is referring to his staff.

Steve Doocy moved swiftly on, to note that before Trump’s summit in Singapore, Kim “cleaned house, three of his top generals, some of the hardliners, he fired.”

Trump then joked that “fired” was “maybe a nice word” to describe what Kim did to the generals. “I think he ‘fired’ at least,” Trump joked.

After the interview, Trump was asked about his comment and said he was “kidding”:

Trump also reiterated his claim that “many” parents of Korean War vets asked him to bring home remains of Americans from North Korea, which is… somewhat implausible.

Watch above, via Fox News.

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