House Speaker Nancy Pelosi addressed President Donald Trump’s odd relationships with Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un during her weekly press conference on Thursday.
Her statements come after a second summit between President Trump and Kim ended on Thursday with no agreement between the two governments.
Pelosi opened up the briefing stating, “The president is returning from Vietnam, from his meeting with Kim Jong Un. I guess it took two meetings for him to realize that Kim Jong Un is not on the level. He was a big winner — he, Kim Jong Un — in getting to sit face-to-face with the most powerful person in the world, the president of the United States.”
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.@SpeakerPelosi: "The president is returning from Vietnam, from his meeting with Kim Jong Un. I guess it took 2 meetings for him to realize that Kim Jong Un is not on the level. He was a big winner — Kim — in getting to sit face-to-face w/the most powerful person in the world." pic.twitter.com/fAxTBMEnZb
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 28, 2019
Trump addressed the death of Otto Warmbier at a post-summit press conference earlier Thursday. When reporters asked Trump if he had discussed the student’s death with the North Korean leader, he stated, “I really believe something very bad happened to him and I don’t think the top leadership knew about it.”
Trump continued claiming Kim Jong Un “felt very badly, but he knew the case very well, but he knew it later and you know you got a lot of people, big country […] but he tells me that he didn’t know about it and I will take him at his word.”
When reporters later asked Pelosi about Trump’s unwavering belief that Kim Jong Un did not know about Otto Warmbier’s death, she stated, “As I said, I don’t think Kim Jong Un is on the level and the president has believed Putin as opposed to believing his own intelligence leadership on subjects. So again, I didn’t know the president said that.”
“It’s strange. I don’t know. There is something wrong with Putin, Kim Jong Un — in my view, thugs — that the president chooses to believe.”
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Nancy Pelosi on Trump believing Kim Jong Un not knowing anything about Otto Warmbier's death: "It's strange. I don't know. There is something wrong with Putin, Kim Jong Un — in my view, thugs — that the president chooses to believe." Via CBS pic.twitter.com/wRmwpJutkG
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 28, 2019
Trump has an extensive record of praising both Kim Jong Un and Vladimir Putin in regards to their leadership and has often expressed a desire for a friendly relationship with them.
In a video shared by the White House during the latest summit with Kim, Trump remarked at the progress of his meetings with the reclusive leader, saying, “I think the biggest progress was our relationship, is really a good one.”