Trump Is Indefensible in His Praise of a Dictator

The summit in Singapore this week was certainly a step in the right direction when it comes to neutralizing the threat from North Korea.
But as we know, it’s a long way from handshakes and signatures to confirmable denuclearization. This is our hope, but it remains to be seen whether reality will match our lofty expectations.
Since the scheduled encounter, President Trump has behaved in a disappointing – and downright horrifying – way. More than once he has heaped praised upon the brutal dictator of a starving, ravaged country.
And despite what the president’s cheerleaders will screech, his behavior is absolutely indefensible.
Take for example his statements to FOX News’ Brett Baier:

President @realDonaldTrump on Kim Jong Un: “He’s a very smart guy, he’s a great negotiator, but I think we understand each other.” #SpecialReport
— Fox News (@FoxNews) June 13, 2018
What he said:
BAIER: Kim Jong Un is “clearly executing people.”
TRUMP: “He’s a tough guy.

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