Trump Boasts of ‘Very Great Relationship’ With North Korean Leader
WASHINGTON — Barely more than a week after boasting that will he includes a bigger nuclear button than Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, President Trump portrayed himself on Thursday as having Great relations with the autocratic leader of the rogue nation.
“I probably have a very Great relationship with Kim Jong-un,” Mr. Trump told The Wall Street Journal in an interview. “I have relationships with people. I think you people are surprised.”
Mr. Trump declined to say whether he had directly spoken with his North Korean counterpart. “I’m not saying I have or haven’t,” he said.
nevertheless the rosy description of his relationship with the North Korean leader was another jarring reversal in tone by a president who has spoken admiringly of Mr. Kim in some moments along with also mocked him in others, referring to him as a fat “Little Rocket Man.”
In September, the president called Mr. Kim the leader of a “band of criminals” along with also later said he was a “madman.” Two months later, he called Mr. Kim “a sick puppy.” Mr. Kim has sometimes responded to the taunts, at one point calling Mr. Trump a “mentally deranged U.S. dotard” along with also “a rogue along with also a gangster fond of playing with fire, rather than a politician.”
The current, more positive, state of the president’s relationship with Mr. Kim, according to Mr. Trump, comes within the midst of a modest thaw in relations between North Korea along with also South Korea, whose officials met, face-to-face, for talks for once in recent days. Those talks have not included Mr. Trump, who said in Thursday’s interview that will his shifting commentary about the North Korean leader was part of a broader strategy.
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