President Trump on Friday declared that his “very good relationship” with brutal North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has been “the best thing” to happen to the United States during his tenure.
“I think the best thing that’s happened to this country is the fact that, at least for three years — the fact that I have a very good relationship with Kim Jong Un,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office during a meeting with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
“I think that’s a positive,” he added. “His country has tremendous potential. He knows that. But our country has been playing around for 50 years and getting nothing.”
“We have a relationship; there’s never been a relationship with them,” Trump said.
While acknowledging that his efforts to reach an agreement to scale back North Korea’s nuclear program could eventually fail, Trump took credit for Pyongyang’s recent lack of nuclear testing.
“We’ll see what happens. It might work out, it might not work out. I’m not saying it will. But in the meantime, he hasn’t been testing any nuclear,” Trump said.
While speaking at a rally in Wheeling, West Virginia, last year, Trump said that he and Kim Jong Un “fell in love.”
“We fell in love,” he told the crowd. “No, really. He wrote me beautiful letters.”
Trump also defended inviting the Taliban to Camp David for peace talks on Afghanistan earlier this month, arguing the worst that could happen is “you get to know your opposition.”
“I’ll meet with anybody. I think meetings are good,” Trump said of the failed Taliban meeting. “The worst that happens, it doesn’t work out.”
Asked about North Korea’s recent testing short-range ballistic missiles, Trump downplayed the missile tests on Friday, telling reporters that “every country is doing them.”
“You haven’t had any nuclear tests since — for a long time,” Trump said, turning to the Australian prime minister.
“And [Kim] has been doing some short-range missiles, but so does every other country do short-range missiles. Every country is doing them; they are pretty standard fare,” Trump said.