COMMENTARY

Trump Mocks Kim But Plays Nice With Putin

President Donald J. Trump has demonstrated time and again that he doesn’t play nice with people whom he doesn’t care for either in the letter nor the spirit.

Now, over the past few years, two leaders who have apparently pissed off the U.S. the most are North Korea’s President Kim Jong Un and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin

Trump has berated North Korea’s President Kim Jong Un over the past year in many of his tweets and utterances in the press.

This, of course, comes against the background of perceived provocation from the North Koran leader with his threats and country’s launch of several intercontinental ballistic missiles and its most powerful nuclear test.

The latest barb between the two is as follows:

In a New Year’s address, Kim warns the United States that he has a “nuclear button” on his desk.

Trump, in his response, declared, “North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the ‘Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.’ Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime, please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but it is a much bigger & more powerful one than his, and my Button works!”

The bantering between both leaders has been criticized and condemned both locally and internationally.

Former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden called President Donald Trump’s war of words with North Korea “not presidential” and cautioned Trump against engaging the U.S. in a competition over the size of the countries’ nuclear arsenals.

“This is not a game. This is not about can I puff my chest out bigger than yours. It’s just not — it’s not presidential,” Biden said in a press report.

On the other hand, Trump has failed to criticize or condemn Russia for its interference in the 2016 presidential election.

In fact, President Trump has stated that he takes Vladimir Putin at his words in his denial of Russian interference in the election.

Moreover, he has reiterated his desire to cooperate and work with Russia.

“He said he didn’t meddle. He said he didn’t meddle. I asked him again. You can only ask so many times,” Trump told reporters.

“Every time he sees me, he says, ‘I didn’t do that,’ ” Trump said. “And I believe, I really believe, that when he tells me that, he means it.”

Republican Sen. John McCain slammed President Donald Trump back then for trusting the assertions of Russian President Vladimir Putin over that of senior US intelligence officials who concluded that there was Russian interference.

That said, in an interview with Wolf Blitzer on CNN, former Republican Presidential candidate in 2012, referring to Russia said, “This is without question our No. 1 geopolitical foe. They fight for every cause for the world’s worst actors…”

Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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