Given his “very fine people on both sides” comment about Neo-Nazis, following the Charlottesville incident, one may be hesitant to say that Trump is a good judge of character. So color me not shocked that the president called North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un a “very honorable” person on Tuesday. Throwback to when he referred to the very same man as “Little Rocket Man.” JK, I guess.
During a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron at the White House, Trump said of Kim, "He really has been very open and, I think, very honorable from everything we're seeing."
I’m not quite sure how honorability figures into a military dictatorship that allegedly starves its citizens, but we’re basically living in an episode in The Twilight Zone, so I guess we just have to roll with it. It’s worth noting that the U.S. has also blamed North Korea for the assassination of Kim’s brother with a nerve agent—another less than honorable act.
Trump’s comment comes in anticipation of potential talks with the North Korean leader, where they will discuss nuclear weapons and ending North Korea’s nuclear program. The president has expressed confidence that the meeting will go well, but he also expressed that he won’t stick around if it isn’t productive.
“Unlike past administrations, I will leave the table. But I think we have the chance to do something very special,” he said.
The fact that the president is even negotiating with North Korea represents a departure from the actions of previous administrations, who have viewed the country’s leadership as untrustworthy.