Just over a week after US President Donald Trump bragged about his nuclear button being ‘bigger’ than Kim Jong-un’s, POTUS claimed to have a “very good relationship” with the North Korean leader on Thursday.
In a recent interview with The Wall Street Journal, Trump stated, “I probably have a very good relationship with Kim Jong-un.” He added, “I have relationships with people. I think you people are surprised.”
However, Trump refused to elaborate on whether or not he has directly spoken to Kim Jong-un. “I’m not saying I have or haven’t. I just don’t want to comment,” Trump said.
Trump’s statements have come as a shock to everyone because as we recall, the two haven’t really been getting along. Apart from threatening that North Korean leader with his “much bigger & more powerful” nuclear arsenal, Trump has ever-so amicably referred to him as a “Little Rocket Man”.
Speaking at the United Nations General Assembly back in September, POTUS had called North Korea a “band of criminals” and vowed to “totally destroy” it if they ever threatened the United States. Later in November, Trump referred to him as a “sick-puppy“, digressing from his speech on tax cuts in St Charles, Missouri.
However, Kim is hardly the innocent victim in this relationship. He has responded to Trump’s affronts with just as much brazenness, if not more. Noting POTUS’s UN address, Kim called him a “dotard” who is “hard of hearing” and “a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire, rather than a politician.”
Additionally, the United States and North Korea haven’t been maintaining formal diplomatic relations. They have not held any high-level talks for about a decade.
Trump’s statements come amid recent opening up of a dialogue between South Korea and North Korea. In the interview, Trump claimed that the meeting between representatives from both the two countries was an attempt to cause a rift between the US and the South Koreans.
Trump even went to elaborate that his recent aggressive tweets are part of a broader strategy. “You’ll see that a lot with me,” he said. “And then all of the sudden somebody’s my best friend. I could give you 20 examples. You could give me 30. I’m a very flexible person.”
Earlier in November, Trump had hinted at amending his relations with Kim, saying that if they became friends, it “might be a strange thing to happen but it’s a possibility.”