Trump heaps praise on 'tough guy' Kim Jong Un
Donald Trump has a soft spot for strongmen.
The president praised North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in a Wednesday interview, calling the head of the totalitarian regime a "smart guy" and a "great negotiator".
Trump told Fox News' Bret Baier: "He's a tough guy. Hey, when you take over a country, tough country, tough people, and you take it over from your father, I don't care who you are, what you are, how much of an advantage you have, if you could do that at 27 years old, I mean, that's one in 10,000 that could do that.
"So he's a very smart guy, he's a great negotiator, but I think we understand each other."
After North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il died in 2011, his son, Jong Un, was named the head of the nation and went on to purge other family members from the party. Jong Un is widely suspected of killing of his half-brother.
When Baier pointed out some of the unsavory things Jong Un is accused of doing in North Korea, Trump replied: "Yeah, but so have a lot of other people have done some really bad things. I mean, I could go through a lot of nations where a lot of bad things were done."
I think China would really like to see no nuclear weapons
With the president offering North Korea several concessions at the Singapore summit with Kim, including the cessation of military-preparedness training with the South Koreans and the possible removal of US troops from the Korean Peninsula, critics of the administration say the US is giving China exactly what it wants. Baier pressed that point with Trump.
"No, I think China would really like to see no nuclear weapons, you want to know the truth, because look, whether you're semi-friendly with a nation or not, when they have nuclear weapons and you're that close, that can't be a positive feeling," Trump said.
"It just can't be. So China's been very helpful. I think over the last two months, maybe less so. I think the border got a little more open. Now, it didn't affect today's negotiation, but I think the border opened up a little bit more because China could be a little bit upset about trade because we're very strongly clamping down on trade."
Trump then pivoted to fondness for China's leader.
"I have a very strong relationship with President Xi of China. He's an incredible guy. They just, essentially president for life, that's pretty good."