Trump praises ‘tough guy’ Kim, downplays ‘bad things’ he’s done

President Trump praised North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un for being a “tough guy” Wednesday and downplayed the rogue state’s human rights abuses.

In an interview on Fox News Channel, Trump boasted about the relationship he forged with Kim during their first meeting this week in Singapore.

“I think we have a very good relationship. We understand each other,” Trump told FNC’s “Special Report.”

FNC interviewer Bret Baier pressed Trump about North Korea’s dismal human rights record, pointing out that: “But he’s (Kim) done some really bad things.”

“Yeah, but so have a lot of other people have done some really bad things, Trump answered. “I mean, I could go through a lot of nations where a lot of bad things were done.”

Kim seized power after the December 2011 death of his dad, “Dear Leader” Kim Jong Il. The dictator’s grandfather, “Great Leader” Kim Il Sung, was North Korea’s first ruler.

Baier pointed out that Kim’s path to power involved killing potential rivals.

“You know you call people sometimes killers, he is a killer. He’s clearly executing people,” Baier said.

North Korea has up to 120,000 political prisoners locked away in gulags, where they’re subjected to hard labor and torture, according to Amnesty International.

Still, Trump praised the current dictator for consolidating power.

“Hey, he’s a tough guy. When you take over a country — a 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,” Trump said.

“If you can 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.”

Trump on Tuesday became the first US president to sit down with a North Korean ruler, as they met in Singapore to discuss the hermit kingdom’s nuclear ambitions.

After the meeting, Trump told reporters that he did address human rights with Kim. But again, the president suggested Kim isn’t the world’s worst butcher.

”It’s rough (in North Korea),” Trump said. “It’s rough in a lot of places, by the way, not just there. But it’s rough.”

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