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Trump Says He Was ‘Kidding’ About Wanting ‘My People’ to ‘Sit Up at Attention’ Like Kim’s People

President Donald Trump claimed he was “kidding” when he said he wanted people to treat him like the North Korean people treat dictator Kim Jong Un, as he told a reporter on Friday that critics of the comment “don’t understand sarcasm.”

“[Kim] speaks and his people sit up in attention,” Trump said while appearing on a wild interview with Fox & Friends’ Steve Doocy. “I want my people to do the same.”

After the remark led to significant controversy among journalists and pundits, a CNN reporter asked Trump about it, saying, “What did you mean just now when you said you wished Americans would sit up at attention?”

Trump replied: “I’m kidding. You don’t understand sarcasm. Hey, who are you with? …You’re with CNN? Hey, you are the worst.”

However, Trump — fresh off his summit with the dictator that resulted in a budding bromance between the two — had other pro-Kim comments to say in the interview on the White House lawn this morning.

“Hey, he is the head of a country and I mean he is the strong head,” the president said. “Don’t let anyone think anything different.”

Watch above, via ABC.

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