President Donald Trump has offered a compliment to North Korean despot Kim Jong Un, calling the man a “smart cookie.”
In an interview on “Face the Nation,” Trump said that “obviously, he’s a pretty smart cookie,” with some admiration. Previously, the president has called the dictator a “maniac,” a “madman playing with nukes,” and a “total nut job.”
“Is he sane? I have no idea,” Trump added, in his recent interview with CBS News’ John Dickerson, “I can tell you this … he was a young man of 26 or 27 when he took over from his father, when his father died. He’s dealing with obviously very tough people, in particular, the generals and others. At a very young age, he was able to assume power. A lot of people, I’m sure, tried to take that power away … He was able to do it.”
As reported by the Daily Caller:
Trump’s comments appear to reflect a kind of respect for the man Arizona Senator John McCain called a “crazy fat kid.”
Nonetheless, the president is firmly committed to addressing the threat of North Korea’s rapidly developing nuclear and ballistic missile programs. The North has launched nine missiles since Trump took office, and there are concerns that the reclusive regime may soon test an intercontinental ballistic missile.
Several North Korean missiles tested this month have failed, prompting some to question whether the U.S. is involved. “I’d rather not discuss it,” Trump told Dickerson, “But, perhaps they’re just not very good missiles. But eventually, he’ll have good missiles.”
While North Korea continues on much as it has done for decades, Trump seems to have taken a sudden interest in the nation since he began his term in office.