President Trump’s Singapore Summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un was historic for many reasons, including the first handshake between a U.S. President and a Dear Leader from North Korea.
It was also a timely window into squirming mind of the Tweeter-in-Chief and the kind of history he’s determined to make.
Trump opened his post-summit press conference with a bizarre propaganda film he said the U.S. produced for Kim. It made Kim look like the god-king he believes he is, and North Korea seem like a booming, successful nation instead of a stagnant, totalitarian prison run by a ruthless crime family.
Trump called Kim “very talented,” which naturally led a reporter to ask him why he was so effusive, considering Kim’s history. He murdered rivals — including a brother and uncle — and starved his people. Kim imprisons and executes anyone he deems disloyal and uses state media, propaganda and hunger to keep his subjects in a catatonic state of despair. Given these facts, the reported asked, why call him “very talented?”
“Well, he is very talented,” Trump responded, citing Kim’s success as a dictator. “Anyone who takes over a situation like he did at 26 years of age and is able to run it and run it tough” is worthy of a respect, admiration, and a handshake from the President of the United States.
Like Putin, Kim has the absolute power Trump craves. At the outset of his presidency, he said the job would be “a lot easier” if he had the absolute power of a dictator. He said it like he was joking, but he meant every word.
Trump is very talented in that regard.