Republican front-runner Donald Trump recently called out North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un as a “maniac.” However, he says that we have to “give him credit” for “not playing games” when it comes to taking control of the country. Trump notes that the dictator wiped out numerous people, including his own uncle, in order to gain complete power over the region. He says that not very many people could pull off such a feat at such a young age, but Kim Jong-un did and we must realize that he isn’t one to play games with anyone, not even America.
The Daily Mail reports that the GOP front-runner Donald Trump is taking aim at America’s current handling of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. Trump says he gives “credit” to the maniacal dictator for maintaining complete control of the country after his father’s death by wiping out people left and right. Trump says that though Jong-un is a “maniac” we must not play games with him.
“You’ve got to give him credit,” Trump says of Kim Jong-un and his power. “He wiped out the uncle, he wiped out this one, that one.”
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) January 9, 2016
Trump says that Kim Jong-un’s rise to power is proof of his capabilities and shows that he is not someone to mess with lightly.
“You’ve got to give him credit. How many young guys — he was like 25 or 26 when his father died — take over these tough generals. How does he do that? Even though it is a culture, and it’s a cultural thing, he goes in, he takes over, he’s the boss. It’s incredible. He wiped out his uncle, he wiped out this one, that one.”
The presidential hopeful notes that it is this type of dangerous behavior that is concerning about Kim Jong-un because he doesn’t “play games.” Trump says that North Korea has missiles and he “does have nukes.” He says that someone like Kim Jong-un may not be afraid to use them to maintain his power; therefore, we must take the threat seriously and stop playing games with the North Korean dictator.
“He really does have missiles. And he really does have nukes.”
Though Trump seemed to make it clear that he thought Kim Jong-un was a “maniac,” many news outlets reported that he “praised” the North Korean dictator because of his statement that he “gives him credit” for being able to do something that he believes not many people would be capable of pulling off. Though the “compliments” given by Trump to Kim Jong-un were somewhat backhanded, his praise of Russian leader Vladimir Putin were more straightforward.
— Bhanu B (@bhanu_bhatnagar) January 10, 2016
As CNN reports, back in December, Donald Trump called out Putin as a better leader than what we currently have here in America. Trump noted Putin’s high approval ratings among his people and said “at least he’s a leader” while claiming we are lacking good leadership in America.
“He’s running his country and at least he’s a leader, unlike what we have in this country.”
Trump went on to note that America’s issues with Russia could stem from the fact that Putin does not respect our leadership. He claims that if our leadership was more respectable our relations with Russia would improve.
“A lot of good things could happen with Russia if we get along with Russia and if they respect us. Putin doesn’t respect our president.”
— The Hill (@thehill) January 10, 2016
Putin has also openly praised Donald Trump saying the GOP candidate was a “bright and talented person without any doubt” and called Trump’s personality “outstanding.”
What do you think of Donald Trump’s statement that Kim Jong-un should be given credit for maintaining control of power in North Korea at such a young age?
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