President Donald Trump talked up his relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday, saying he had received a “beautiful letter” from Kim, shortly after 2020 hopeful Pete Buttigieg slammed the president for “exchanging love letters with a brutal dictator.”
The president did not hold back his praise for North Korea, stating that “North Korea has tremendous potential” under Kim’s leadership.
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“He gets it. He totally gets it.” Trump said about Kim.
The president has been criticized for his close ties with the North Korean leader in the past. Trump gave Kim the benefit of the doubt last week over allegations of executions in North Korea. He has also suggested that he believed Kim’s account of the death of Otto Warmbier, an American student who was imprisoned in North Korea and was returned to the United States in a coma.
Trump on Tuesday said he has made real progress due to his diplomatic efforts with Kim. “No major missile testing, nothing like when I first got here,” he said. “When I first got here, it was a bad mess. We have a very good relationship together.”
Like the supposed one-page Mexico deal Trump teased reporters with moments earlier, the president quipped: “I can’t show you the letter, obviously.”