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North Korean defector criticizes Trump's praise of Kim Jong Un

North Korean defector criticizes Trump's praise of Kim Jong Un

So much so that Trump said, "I want my people to do the same".

"I do trust him, yeah", Trump said.

On Friday, Trump said he gave Kim a direct phone number to reach him and that he plans to personally call Kim on Sunday (U.S. time). But President Trump sounded nearly besotted after meeting Kim Jong Un this week in Singapore. He has labeled the dictator "talented" and "smart", saying Kim "loves his people".

It was the latest example of a Trump remark about strongmen leaders - delivered in a deadpan style - to fall flat and fuel perceptions among his critics that the president admires autocrats.

"And I mean he's the strong head".

In the run-up to the June 12 meeting, the Department of Homeland Security warned of an ongoing threat by North Korean government hackers, who have attacked critical infrastructure and media, aerospace and financial companies since at least 2009, infecting networks in at least 17 countries and the United States. I want to have a good relationship with many other countries.

Trump went on to praise the "great chemistry" he had with Kim and listed what he considered to be his administration's accomplishments in containing the North Korean regime.

And Trump's unilateral decision to reduce tension by cancelling "provocative" joint exercises by US and South Korean forces appeared to catch both close ally Seoul and some Pentagon officials by surprise.

The results of the Singapore meeting, at which Kim and Trump signed a pledge "to work towards complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", have been greeted with skepticism by many observers.

"Now is the right timing for the halt of the South Korea-U.S. joint military exercises", said Moon Chung-in, professor emeritus of Yonsei University in Seoul, during a press conference with foreign correspondents here. Here's what we get: "everything". Don't let anyone think anything different. "He's focused more on the optics than the policy, which is a trend we've seen throughout this presidency". "He speaks and his people sit up in attention".

The president also said returning a military salute to a North Korean three-star general was being respectful.

The challenge of defending the agreement became apparent this past week when Pompeo lashed out at a reporter who asked how the US would verify the North's compliance with the deal. -South Korea military exercises, a move long sought by North Korea.

White House staff said Trump's seat-of-the-pants changes on the day of the summit undercut their plans to roll out the agreement.

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