Trump Just Totally Excused Kim Jong Un’s Crimes Against His People, and Now We’re Really Worried
When President Donald Trump announced he’d be meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, most Americans couldn’t believe it. And somehow, Trump managed to strike deals with Kim at the Singapore summit. Now, both leaders are raving about the summit’s success, as it included the agreement for North Korea to denuclearize.
That’s not all that was said at the summit, though. It turns out Trump is now a big Kim Jong Un fan. Here’s how he’s excusing Kim’s crimes, including the worst thing Trump said regarding North Korea yet (page 7).
1. Trump said he’d do ‘whatever it takes to make the world a safer place’
Trump had multiple goals going into the Singapore summit. Of course, he wanted to stop Kim from using his nuclear weapons in the future, but he also aimed to establish a brand new relationship with the North Korean dictator.
Time notes Trump said, “If I can save millions of lives by coming here, sitting down and establishing a relationship with someone who’s a very powerful man, who’s got firm control of a country … it’s my honor to do it.” Additionally, he said he’d “do whatever it takes to make the world a safer place.”
Next: Trump hasn’t always been so willing to have peace talks with Kim.
2. Trump has threatened Kim way before they ever agreed to meet
Before Trump’s kinder words toward Kim, we remember the serious animosity between them. CNN recalls the time Trump dubbed Kim “rocket man” and claimed that “he’s on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.” Now that Trump’s changed his tune, he said without the bad-mouthing, he doesn’t think peace talks would have been possible.
“I hated to do it. Sometimes I felt foolish doing it, but we had no choice,” Trump said in his own defense.
Next: Trump’s not the only one to toss around unsavory words.
3. And Kim has sent his own insults right back
Trump had choice words for Kim, and Kim didn’t shy away from flinging his own names back. The Guardian reports Kim once called Trump “mentally deranged” in a statement. He also said Trump is “surely a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire, rather than a politician.”
Of course, we can’t forget when Kim also called Trump a “dotard,” which is the one name that really stuck in our minds. It still surprises us he agreed to meet and denuclearize the Korean Peninsula after all was said and done.
Next: Their meeting aside, here’s what’s really going on in North Korea.
4. There are serious atrocities going on in North Korea
Few know for sure what happens under Kim Jong Un’s rule — but from what journalists have gathered, there are serious atrocities going on in North Korea. Grace Jo, a defector from North Korea whose father was sent to a prison camp for illegally possessing a bag of rice, talked to NBC News about the summit. “He should not make a deal with terrorists,” she said.
We all got a glimpse into the regime’s punishing ways when Otto Warmbier returned to the U.S., too. After being jailed for stealing a poster, he died from brain injuries.
Next: Here’s how Trump feels about how Kim’s running North Korea.
5. Trump had glowing reviews of how Kim runs his country
While the president could have condemned Kim for crimes committed against his people, he seemingly did just the opposite. Talking Points Memo explains Trump had nothing but good things to say about Kim after they met. He even went on to call Kim “very talented” for being able to run his country at such a young age. “I don’t say he was nice or I don’t say anything about it — he ran it,” Trump added. “You can take 1 out of 10,000 could not do it.”
As for what else Trump had to say about the leader, he also mentioned how “smart” Kim is.
Next: Trump really thinks this is how people in North Korea view Kim.
6. He even suggested that Kim loves his people
There’s plenty of evidence to suggest Kim’s allowing his people to starve while he and members of his regime are living their luxurious lifestyle. But Trump suggested Kim actually wants the best for his fellow North Koreans, which is part of the reason they negotiated a meeting.
“He’s smart, he loves his people, he loves his country,” Trump said in an interview, Talking Points Memo reports. “He wants a lot of good things and that’s why he’s doing this.”
Next: Trump just excused North Korea’s atrocities by saying this horrible thing.
7. The worst thing he said: It’s rough in many countries aside from North Korea
Talking Points Memo reports on the most startling thing Trump has said about the way Kim runs his country. “Look, he’s doing what he’s seen done, if you look at it,” Trump commented in an interview. He then added that he can only judge Kim by the information he gathered a few weeks before the summit. As for the past, Trump’s willing to turn the other cheek.
Not only that, but Yahoo notes Trump said, “It’s rough in a lot of places, by the way. Not just there,” when asked about the human rights crimes North Korea has committed.
Next: Here’s what leaders in human rights are saying about Trump’s comments.
8. Human rights leaders are viewing parts of the summit as a failure
It’s not just the average citizen who’s raising eyebrows at Trump’s comments. Phil Robertson, deputy director of Asia’s division of Human Rights Watch, wrote on their website that “the Trump administration effectively told North Korea that human rights are not a U.S. priority.” Yahoo informs us that this means “continued public executions” and “restrictions on movement” as well as “inadequate access to food, housing education, and health care.”
What’s even more interesting is that Trump has condemned North Korea’s government in the past. We suppose those days are now over, though.
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