President Donald Trump bragged about his “very good relationship” with North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un on Tuesday, telling reporters he had received a “beautiful letter” from Kim and denounced reports that the CIA recruited Kim’s half-brother as a spy.
“I can’t show you the letter obviously, but it was a very personal, very warm, very nice letter,” Trump told reporters on the South Lawn as he departed the White House for a trip to Iowa.
“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 noted that another meeting could take place in the near future, but that Kim has “kept his word” and “that’s very important to me.”
The president also disavowed reports that Kim’s estranged half-brother was a CIA informant.
“That would never happen under my auspices,” Trump said about the report.
After trashing Pelosi and Biden, Trump says, "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."
He goes on the praise the totalitarian dictator. pic.twitter.com/EmB7lObdzA
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 11, 2019
The president has repeatedly offered praise for Kim, calling him a “smart cookie” and told a crowd that he “fell in love” with the dictator.
Trump delivered the remarks just minutes after 2020 hopeful Pete Buttigieg slammed the president for “exchanging love letters with a brutal dictator.”
“You will not see me exchanging love letters with a brutal dictator who starves and murders his own people, 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 said in an hour-long address at Indiana University.