Trump downplays North’s abuses
WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump downplayed abuses by Kim Jong-un’s regime in an interview following his summit with the North Korean leader, saying that other countries had also done “bad things”.
“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,” Trump said in an interview with Fox News.
He praised Jong-un as “a very smart guy” and “a great negotiator”, saying that “I think we understand each other”.
According to the State Department, Jong-un’s regime holds 80,000 to 120,000 political prisoners in forced labour camps, facing torture and starvation.
Besides abuses at home, Jongun is also suspected of ordering the assassination of his brother at a Malaysian airport last year.
Trump also had kind words for Chinese President Xi Jinping in the interview, describing him as “an incredible guy” and noting that he is “essentially president for life. That’s pretty good.”