Lindsey Graham Knocks Trump’s Warm Words for Kim Jong Un: ‘This Love Crap Needs to Stop’

Lindsey Graham is now seen as one of President Donald Trump‘s most vocal allies on Capitol Hill, but he offered some criticism today of the President’s comments about Kim Jong Un. Trump has offered the North Korean dictator some warm words multiple times since their summit, most notably last week when he said they “fell in love.” Graham rather bluntly said today, “I’m telling President Trump, enough with ‘I love you’… From my point of view, this ‘love’ crap needs to stop. There’s nothing to love about Kim Jong Un.” Graham made these comments at the Atlantic Festival, where he was booed for comments he Continue reading "Lindsey Graham Knocks Trump’s Warm Words for Kim Jong Un: ‘This Love Crap Needs to Stop’"

Trump: Me and Kim Jong Un ‘Fell in Love’ After ‘He Wrote Me Beautiful Letters’

President Donald Trump‘s rallies are a fairly boring affair these days — he stays more or less on script. In a moment of improvisation at this rally on Saturday in West Virginia, however, he made a startling revelation: he and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un have fallen in love. Trump started with one of his usual diatribes about former President Barack Obama‘s Iran nuclear deal, falsely claiming Obama “gave” Iran $150 billion, which isn’t even remotely true (Iranian assets were unfrozen as part of the deal; the U.S. did not hand cash over to Iran, as Trump bizarrely and repeatedly claims.) The president then moved on to his relationship with Kim, with whom he’s engaged in denuclearization discussions. “I like him, he likes me!” Trump said of Kim. “I guess that’s okay. Am I allowed to say that?” “I was really being tough and Continue reading "Trump: Me and Kim Jong Un ‘Fell in Love’ After ‘He Wrote Me Beautiful Letters’"

One Year After ‘Rocket Man’ Taunt, Trump Lauds Kim in UN Speech: I Thank Him For His ‘Courage’

President Donald Trump‘s Tuesday speech at the United Nations General Assembly marked a shift in tone on North Korea as he moved away from inflammatory rhetoric and expressed praise for dictator Kim Jong Un. “I would like to thank chairman Kim for his courage and for the steps he’s taken, though much work remains to be done,” Trump said. “I also want to thank the many member states who helped us reach this moment.” However, sanctions, Trump noted, will stay active until North Korea denuclearizes. That term has been a source of debate as major questions remain as to what steps Kim will take to enact that change, and how far he’s willing to go. The president credited his June summit with Kim in Singapore for the progress, adding that the dictator’s regime has ended its nuclear testing, dismantled certain military facilities and set free U.S. hostages. Continue reading "One Year After ‘Rocket Man’ Taunt, Trump Lauds Kim in UN Speech: I Thank Him For His ‘Courage’"

Martha MacCallum to Nikki Haley: Was It Mistake for Trump to Say North Korea No Longer a Nuclear Threat?

While President Donald Trump claimed North Korea had ceased being a nuclear threat following his Singapore summit with dictator Kim Jong Un last June, Ambassador Nikki Haley was asked if that was the right move. The direct question came at the end of an interview Thursday with Fox News’ Martha MacCallum, who wondered whether Trump’s remark was a mistake. “No, I don’t think it was a mistake because I think that what you saw were two leaders that both showed they had the political will to go forward,” Haley said, adding that “we both have to figure out how each defines denuclearization.” Haley noted it was made “very clear that we want to see denuclearization with verification,” contending that it’s been a success “in that we haven’t had any ballistic missile tests, you’re seeing Kim now socialize with the region — that needed to happen.” Although serious Continue reading "Martha MacCallum to Nikki Haley: Was It Mistake for Trump to Say North Korea No Longer a Nuclear Threat?"

Trump Touts North Korea’s Proposal to Dismantle Missile Launch Facility: ‘Very Exciting!’

President Trump took time to celebrate last night in light of the latest news coming out of the Korean Peninsula. South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un held a joint press conference on Wednesday where it was announced that North Korea would agree to disassemble a key missile launch site while allowing for international inspections. While this is a considerable step forward in terms of denuclearization, Kim’s government hinted that they will only agree to these terms if the United States takes “reciprocal measures” in turn. The terms of these “reciprocal measures” are not yet clear, but nonetheless, Trump is quite delighted with this news. He also seems pleased with the reports indicating that North and South Korea will pursue a joint bid in 2032 to host the Olympics together.

NEW: North Korea Vows ‘Permanent Dismantlement’ of Nuclear Facility… If U.S. Takes ‘Reciprocal’ Measures

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un held a summit on Wednesday and, in a joint presser afterward, made several announcements. North Korea will undertake a “permanent dismantlement” of the missile facilities that have been the subject of negotiation with the United States, and close its main Yongbyon nuclear complex, the leaders said. But only if the United States takes “reciprocal measures”, report Reuters and the AP. The New York Times adds that Kim Jong Un will make a visit to South Korea soon, and that South Korea’s Moon will be updating President Trump next month in a private meeting during a visit to the United Nations. None of the reporting specifies exactly what is meant or intended by “reciprocal” Continue reading "NEW: North Korea Vows ‘Permanent Dismantlement’ of Nuclear Facility… If U.S. Takes ‘Reciprocal’ Measures"

Trump Lauds North Korea’s Kim Jong Un After Watching Fox News: We ‘Like Each Other!’

President Donald Trump praised North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un Sunday, ecstatic over his decision to leave nuclear missiles out of its parade marking the 70th anniversary of the republic’s founding. Taking to Twitter to celebrate, Trump quoted a Fox News statement that North Korea passed on showing the missiles this year to demonstrate to him “its commitment to denuclearize,” something which has been highly suspect at best. Nonetheless, it did Trump proud. So proud, in fact, that the commander in chief touted improved relations between both nations. “This is a big and very positive statement from North Korea,” he claimed. “Thank you To Chairman Kim. We will both prove everyone wrong! There is nothing like good dialogue from two people that like each other! Much better than before I took office.”