After President Donald Trump said that he would be “honored” to meet with North Korean President Kim Jung-Un, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer defended the murderous dictator.
During Monday’s White House press briefing, ABC’s Jonathan Karl pointed out that the president told Bloomberg that he would be honored to meet with Kim under the right conditions.
“He’s still the head of state,” Spicer said of the North Korean dictator. “There is a diplomatic piece to this. The bottom line is the president is going to do what he has to do.”
“What did [Trump] mean when he called [Kim] a pretty smart cookie?” Karl asked.
“His point was he assumed power at a young age when his father passed away and there’s a lot of potential threats that could have come his way and he’s obviously managed to lead a country forward,” Spicer insisted. “Despite the concerns that we and so many other people have.”
New York Times correspondent Glenn Thrush pointed out that the president also glorified other strongmen like Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and former Iraq President Saddam Hussein.
“Does the president have a thing with these totalitarian leaders?” Thrush asked. “Does he admire something about the way these guys conduct themselves?”
Spicer argued that Trump was “doing everything diplomatically and economically and militarily to consider every way to prevent” the North Korean threat.