Donald Trump may not have the power of brutal dictators like Kim Jong-Un, but a source once very close to the president believes Trump would rule just as violently - if he could.
Trump earlier in the week declared the media to be "our country's biggest enemy", and he has repeatedly voiced his desire to punish journalists who air criticisms of him.
"I have solved that problem", Trump said. "If that changes, then we have to think differently". He speaks and his people sit up in attention. "I want my people to do the same", he said. Speaking about the highly-contested dictator, the current Commander in Chief notes how "he's the head of the country, and I mean he's the strong head".
It's unclear if Trump is referring to his White House staff or American constituents in general when he said "my people".
"You don't understand sarcasm", he told the reporter dismissively, with a wave of his hand.
Trump didn't stop there.
"Ultimately, if there is to be a successful settlement between the USA and (North) Korea, China has to be involved", said Charlie Parton, a former British diplomat in China now working at the UK-based think tank Royal United Services Institute (RUSI). He's very smart. Kim Jong Un - amusing guy.
That's just the tip of the iceberg.
The experts are right, but they do not see this situation as necessarily a cause for panic, after all, more evenly matched pairs of nuclear powers, like India and Pakistan, or the United States and Russian Federation, have managed to avoid nuclear war for decades. North Koreans are brutally punished if they try to escape the country. Still, a year ago the Justice Department announced sanctions and criminal indictments against an Iranian state-sponsored hacker network that had targeted hundreds of USA and foreign universities, US companies and government agencies, and the United Nations.
Along with destroying North Korea's stockpile of 60 nuclear warheads, Mr. Kim promised to recover the remains of the over 7,600 USA prisoners of war and soldiers declared missing during the Korean War (1950-1953). They also both want to go down in history as the two who finally resolved the North Korea imbroglio. Kim got a meeting with Trump on terms of strict equality right down to the number of flags on display, which is a huge boost for his regime's claim to legitimacy. You haven't had a missile test in seven months, ' he said, referencing North Koreans refrain from provocative ballistic missile launches. There is only one Internet. He said his understanding was that any suspension would involve only major military exercises and that regular training of U.S. forces in South Korea would continue, although final decisions were up to the Department of Defence. Lindsey Graham have long encouraged a military assault on North Korea.
"Trump has been remarkably consistent as long as he's been on the public stage in exhibiting authoritarian instincts", said Steven Levitsky, a Harvard University professor who recently co-authored a book on the subject, "How Democracies Die".
Trump said president Barack Obama told him before he took office that the "most risky problem" for the United States was North Korea's nuclear weapons program.
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