President Trump on Friday boasted about his ability to make North Korean Kim Jong Un, who has been accused of starving and torturing his own people, smile.
“You have a man that was so happy to see me. That’s a good thing, not a bad thing,” Trump told reporters as he departed the White House for fundraisers in Ohio and Wisconsin.
“You have a man that doesn’t smile a lot, but when he saw me, he smiled. He was happy,” he continued. “You have a man that when I came into office all he was doing before was testing nuclear weapons… and now he’s not doing it.”
Trump on Kim Jong Un: "You have a man that was so happy to see me. That's a good thing… You have a man who doesn't smile a lot, but when he saw me he smiled, he was happy." #facepalm
— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) July 12, 2019
Trump praised the North Korean dictator for having a “powerful voice” that had “never been heard before” last month.
He also bragged about his “very good relationship” with Kim, telling reporters he had received a “beautiful letter” from him.
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.