An interview between Donald Trump and the Wall Street Journal on Thursday revealed the President’s surprisingly friendly thoughts towards Kim Jong-un. Responding to questions about his relationship with the North Korean leader, the American leader stated that he “probably” has “a very good relationship” with the man. “I have relationships with people,” he countered. “I think you people are surprised..”
• Despite the assertion of friendliness, it wasn’t immediately clear whether or not Trump spoke directly to Kim Jong-un. If he did, it would break a months-long refusal of cooperation between North Korea and American administrations.
• The surprisingly diplomatic approach would appear to be a total game-changer given that Trump, just a week or two ago, was essentially taunting North Korea. Just last week Trump fired back at Kim Jong-un’s comments about having a nuclear activation button primed by suggesting that he had his own button that was bigger and actually worked. Trump has also called Jong-un “Lil’ Rocket Man.”
• When WSJ pressed the President further on communication with Kim Jong-un, he balked at giving out facts. ”I don’t want to comment on it. I’m not saying I have or haven’t. I just don’t want to comment.”
• When questioned about the shift in attitude, Trump explained the adjustment plainly. “You’ll see that a lot with me,” Trump said, “and then all of the sudden somebody’s my best friend. I could give you 20 examples. You could give me 30. I’m a very flexible person.”
• The President did express a willingness to meet with Kim Jong-un while in a recent call with President Moon Jae-in of South Korea. The POTUS indicated that he would only do so “at the appropriate time, under the right circumstances.”
Does this give you a different perspective of President Trump?