Tucker Carlson On Kim Jong Un’s Murders: ‘Leading a Country Means Killing People’
Fox News host Tucker Carlson dismissed North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s human rights abuses, by saying that leading a country “means killing people”.
The right-wing commentator was asked about Donald Trump’s close relationship with the dictator. He was also pressed on Kim Jong-un’s human rights abuses during the segment.
“There’s no defending the North Korean regime, it’s the last really Stalinist regime in the world,” Mr Carlson said during the phone interview on Fox News.
“It’s a disgusting place obviously, so there’s no defending it. On the other hand, you know you’ve got to be honest about what it means to lead a country; it means killing people,” the right-wing commentator said.
Carlson accompanied Donald Trump to the demilitarised zone between the two Koreas on Sunday, for a meeting with Kim Jong-un.
He defended Donald Trump’s closeness with the dictator, despite the president’s behavior drawing fierce criticism from U.S. politicians and commentators.
“It’s not necessarily a choice between the evil people and the brave people,” Carlson said.
“It’s a choice, most of the time, between the bad people and the worse people.”
He praised Trump, who he said was “far less sentimental about this stuff and maybe I think, more realistic about it.”
A South Korean rights group identified hundreds of sites earlier this month, which were allegedly used by North Korea for public executions and extrajudicial killings.
Donald Trump became the first sitting US president to enter North Korea on Saturday, stepping over the demilitarised zone to shake hands with Kim Jong-un.
Calling it a “great day for the world”, the U.S. president said he would invite the North Korea dictator to the White House.
Listen to Carlson’s interview:
Tucker Carlson on North Korea: “there’s no defending the NK regime which is a monstrous regime…on the other hand, you know, you've got to be honest about what it means to lead a country, it means killing people.”
— Alex Thompson (@AlxThomp) June 30, 2019
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