Trump says North Korean missile test did not violate an international treaty, runs counter to top advisors
New York Daily News
President Trump gave North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un the benefit of the doubt Monday and claimed his isolated communist regime had not fired off ballistic missiles in violation of international treaties.
Trump’s stunning denial, delivered at a press conference in Tokyo, puts him at odds with his own national security adviser, John Bolton, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. It also provides cover for Kim, whose brutal reign has resulted in countless human rights abuses.
“My people think it could have been a violation. I view it differently,” Trump said, adding he was not “personally” perturbed by a series of missile launches by North Korea this month.
Rather, Trump suggested Kim will come to his senses and showered him with praise.
“He knows that with nuclear, that’s never going to happen, only bad can happen,” Trump said. “He understands. He is a very smart man; he gets it.”
Bolton had just two days earlier said Kim’s regime had “no doubt” violated United Nations Security Council resolutions by launching the short-range missiles.
In the same Tokyo press conference, Abe made clear he does not agree with Trump’s gullible North Korea assessment.
“On May 9, North Korea launched short-range ballistic missiles, and that’s a violation of the U.N. Security Council’s resolution, so, as I have been saying, this is quite a regrettable act,” Abe said.
Trump, who visited Japan over the weekend as part of trade talks with Abe, has faced bipartisan scrutiny for putting blind trust in Kim ever since the two held a cordial summit in Singapore last year.
Outraging Democrats, Trump even threw Kim a bone in the Monday appearance by siding with the dictator’s branding of former Vice President Joe Biden as a “fool of low IQ.”
“Well, Kim Jong Un made a statement that Joe Biden is a low-IQ individual,” Trump said. “He probably is, based on his record. I think I agree with him on that.”
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