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Watch Trump Gloat About Being Friends With Kim Jong Un, ‘He Smiles When He Sees Me!’

Donald Trump couldn’t help but gloat about his ability to make North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un smile, saying it is a positive development for eventual peace with the hermit kingdom.

“You have a man that was so happy to see me. That’s a good thing, not a bad thing,” Trump told reporters as he departed the White House for fundraisers in Ohio and Wisconsin.

“You have a man that doesn’t smile a lot, but when he saw me he smiled. He was happy,” Trump continued. “You have a man that when I came into office all he was doing before was testing nuclear weapons… and now he’s not doing it.”

Trump often touts his personal relationship with the North Korean strongman, who has been accused of starving and torturing his own people, among other human rights violations.

The two men have held two face-to-face summits over the past year, and last month Trump made history by becoming the first sitting U.S. president to cross into North Korea following a meeting at the Demilitarized Zone.

The Trump administration is pushing for Kim to abandon his nuclear arsenal, but thus far the North Korean leader has not taken any steps toward doing so. The country restarted ballistic missile tests earlier this year for the first time since 2017, prompting rebukes from White House officials and U.S. allies.

Trump has downplayed the fresh tests, insisting that he’s in “no rush” to establish a denuclearization deal.

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