Trump Invites Dictator Kim To The White House, Launches New Attack On Trudeau
North Korea dictator Kim Jong Un has accepted an invitation to the White House, President Donald Trump said Tuesday, raising the prospect of the U.S. welcoming the leader of one of the most brutal and repressive regimes in modern history.
Trump praised the North Korean dictator, saying he has a “great personality” and “a very talented man.”
Trump’s effusive praise and warm smiles provided a notable contrast to the weekend’s acrimonious G-7 summit where he was pictured sitting with folded arms opposite Angela Merkel.
In contrast to the friendliness with Kim, Trump doubled down on his criticism of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, whom he last weekend accused of being “weak” and “dishonest.”
Trudeau incurred Trump’s wrath by describing White House trade tariffs as “insulting” and stating that Canada would not be “pushed around” by Washington.
“That’s going to cost a lot of money for the people of Canada,” Trump told reporters Tuesday.
It was a remarkable change in dynamics from only months ago, when Trump was threatening “fire and fury” against Kim, who in turn scorned the president as “mentally deranged” and a “dotard.”
North Korea has committed “unspeakable atrocities” on a vast scale in a manner reminiscent of Nazi Germany, according to a 2014 United Nations investigation that said Kim’s regime was guilty of murder, extermination, enslavement, forcible transfer, imprisonment, torture, sexual violence, persecution, enforced disappearances and other inhumane acts.
Next week marks the first anniversary of the death of 22-year-old American student Otto Warmbier who was tortured in a North Korean labor camp. Trump is apparently celebrating the occasion by inviting Kim Jong Un to the White House.