2020 Democratic hopeful Pete Buttigieg promised to never exchange “love letters on White House letterhead with a brutal dictator” during a nearly hour-long foreign policy speech on Tuesday.
“You will not see me exchanging love letters with a brutal dictator who starves and murders his own people,” Buttigieg told the crowd at Indiana University. “But you will see my administration work to create the conditions that would make it possible to welcome North Korea into the international community.”
Buttigieg’s comment came just hours before President Trump bragged to reporters about his “very good relationship” with North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un, noting that he had received another “beautiful letter” from Kim.
“I just received a beautiful letter from Kim Jong Un. I can’t show you the letter, obviously, but it was a very personal, very warm, very nice letter. I appreciate it,” Trump told reporters on the South Lawn as he departed the White House for a trip to Iowa.
“I’ll say it again, I think that North Korea has tremendous potential, and he’ll be there. Under his leadership . . . And the one that feels that more than anybody is [Kim]. He gets it. He totally gets it,” Trump said.
“We have a very good relationship together,” Trump told reporters.
Trump: I just received a beautiful letter from Kim Jong Un. I can't show you the letter obviously, but it was a very personal, very warm, very nice letter.. North Korea has tremendous potential and the one that feels that more than anybody is [Kim]. He gets it. He totally gets it pic.twitter.com/6ZQvafrOTV
— POLITICO (@politico) June 11, 2019
The president has repeatedly offered praise for Kim, calling him a “smart cookie” and told a crowd last year that he “fell in love” with the dictator.
“I was really being tough and so was he,” Trump said. “And we would go back and forth. And then we fell in love. No really. He wrote me beautiful letters.”
“They were great letters. And then we fell in love,” he continued.
Buttigieg also slammed Trump for having “little regard for strategy and no preparation for their long term consequences.”