President Donald Trump said he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “fell in love” with each other, just hours after North Korea’s foreign minister Ri Yong Ho said there was “no way” they would disarm their nuclear weapons if they do not see any goodwill gesture from the United States.
Trump made these bizarre remarks at a “Make America Great Again” rally in Wheeling, West Virginia.
“I was really being tough, and so was he. And we would go back and forth. And then we fell in love, okay? No, really. He wrote me beautiful letters, and they’re great letters. We fell in love,” Trump said to the laughter of the crowd.
He then threw shade at the press and liberals, claiming they would probably criticize his statement as well.
“But you know what? Now they’ll make, they’ll say, ‘Donald Trump said they fell in love, how horrible. How horrible is that? So unpresidential,’” he added.
The president was correct in assuming his statements would cause some raised eyebrows.
My little rocket man,— Elyse V (@ElyseV) September 30, 2018
Our love is the greatest love of all loves. Melanie doesn’t understand me like you do. Soon we will be together no matter what Crooked Hillary and Soros have to say.
Huge hands Donald #TrumpKimLoveLetters
My dearest Dotard,— Elyse V (@ElyseV) September 30, 2018
The world might think me a ruthless dictator who kills off his family members to retain power, but you see the real me. No matter what happens, now that our love is public, we wil always have Singapore.
Your little rocket man #TrumpKimLoveLetters
My beloved Donald— Shiloh *CHEETOLINI ISN'T MY SAVIOR* Walker (@shilohwalker) September 30, 2018
Please, no more closed door meetings with Putin.
I know jealousy is an ugly emotion but I long to be the only dictator in your life.
Tell me about your big, powerful...
Trump loves Kim Jung Un because in North Korea the people are taught the Kim is a God— trudy gonzales (@trudygonzales) September 30, 2018
Trump wants to be a God too#TrumpKimLoveLetters
My sweetest orange,— Evan (@skinnycoolkid) October 1, 2018
How can I join you in publicly showing my love? Maybe I'll give you a kiss for each lie you tell. Just imagine all those kisses...Miss you.
Kim has been on the forefront of international news for his rapid missile testing and development of nuclear arsenal in recent years, but more importantly, because of his well-documented brutal history of human rights abuses. A 2014 United Nations report on North Korea concluded its crimes “entail extermination, murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortions and other sexual violence, persecution on political, religious, racial and gender grounds, the forcible transfer of populations, the enforced disappearance of persons and the inhumane act of knowingly causing prolonged starvation.”
Trump, however, has never seemed to care.
On June 12, Trump and Kim met in Singapore to discuss a peace treaty, including the Kim regime’s total denuclearization. Afterwards, Trump immediately did a victory dance claiming North Korea was no longer a threat, even though, since then, there have been numerous occasions where it has become obvious that the country is far from ending its nuclear program.
Trump recently also canceled Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s trip to North Korea in August stating North Korea was not showing progress in its denuclearization efforts.
Nevertheless, since the Singapore summit, the two leaders have exchanged numerous letters, lavishing each other with praise.
Trump’s recent remarks at the rally make it very clear the president was aware of the political storm his words will ignite — but he made them regardless. The leader of the free world is known for his flattering remarks towards dictators and autocrats, even though, in the next breath, he has criticized these very same leaders.
This very salesman-like behavior is one that Trump regularly adopts to gloss over the many human rights abuses, national security and global risks of his counterparts in foreign countries — and this will lead to nothing but disaster.
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