President Donald Trump frequently touts his good relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, but on Tuesday, he went as far as to suggest he wouldn’t let U.S. intelligence spy on the brutal dictator.
The Wall Street Journal reported Monday that the North Korean leader’s half-brother, Kim Jong Nam, was an informant for the CIA.
Nam was killed in February 2017, just weeks after Trump’s inauguration, by two women who ambushed him in a Malaysian airport and smeared his face with a nerve agent. North Korea denies any role in the murder.
When asked about the leader’s half-brother on Tuesday, Trump denied knowing any details.
“I don’t know anything about that,” he said. “I know that the relationship is such that that wouldn’t happen under my auspices. But I don’t know about that, nobody knows.”
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President Trump, on reports that Kim Jong Un's slain half-brother was an informant for the CIA, says that his relationship with the North Korean leader "is such that that wouldn't happen under my auspices." pic.twitter.com/hYhb8tRxag
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Trump continued to advertise his positive relationship with the dictator on Tuesday.
“In the meantime, no nuclear testing, no major missile testing, nothing like when I first got here. When I first got here, it was a bad mess,” Trump told reporters. “We have a very good relationship together, now I can confirm it because of the letter I got yesterday, and I think that something will happen that’s going to be very positive.”
Trump’s most recent message certainly isn’t the first time he’s gone easy on Kim. In February of this year, Trump said he believed the North Korean leader when he told the president he had nothing to do with the death of American hostage Otto Warmbier.
“He felt badly about it,” Trump told reporters after he met with Kim in Vietnam. “Some really bad things happened to Otto, some really, really bad things, but he tells me he didn’t know about it, and I will take him at his word.”