Pressed by Fox New's Brett Baier in an interview about Kim's oppression of his own people, Trump said: “Yeah, but so have a lot of other people have done some really bad things.”
Asked about his decision to negotiate with a known “killer,” Trump praised the North Korean leader for being a “tough guy” who managed to take control of his country at a young age.
“I don’t care who you are, what you are, what kind of advantage you have,” Trump said of Kim, whose family has controlled North Korea since its creation.
After meeting with Kim, Trump called him a “very talented man” who is a “funny guy” and “loves his people.”
Human Rights Watch last year labeled North Korea “one of the most repressive authoritarian states in the world.” Kim is accused by the United Nations Human Rights Council and watchdog groups of carrying out public executions, arbitrary detention and forced labor, torture and persecution of those with religious affiliations.
Trump downplays Kim Jung Un's totalitarian dictatorship.— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 13, 2018
BAIER: "He has done some really bad things."
TRUMP: "Yeah, but so have a lot of other people have done some really bad things. I mean, I could go through a lot of nations where a lot of bad things were done." pic.twitter.com/AZxnuXQTqi