Trump on Kim Jong Un during last night's Hannity interview: "He is very sharp," "a real leader," "He likes me, I like him. Some people say 'you should not like him.' I say, 'Why shouldn't I like him?' I like him. Get along great." pic.twitter.com/GghcRXi4jm
— Matthew Gertz (@MattGertz) March 1, 2019
"We've reached the point where there is no good conclusion to Brexit and Britain faces a choice: take one for the team or be willing participants in the fall of Europe. And no, you are not going to like this." – @J_amesp #Brexit #NoDealBrexithttps://t.co/TtY4OZv6Bs
— Byline (@Byline_Media) February 25, 2019
Putin’s project works well for Putin.
[…] Brexit is a disease and Britain is a contagion risk which could unpick the fabric of the whole of Europe and leave millions more people facing much worse than even no deal. […]
Trump says the crown prince told him “maybe five different times” and “as recently as a few days ago” that he had nothing to do with the #Kashoggi killing.
Believe women? No.
Believe scientists? No.
Believe the FBI? No.
Believe authoritarians? Of course! https://t.co/tVAg3cw7Jz
— Nick Knudsen 🇺🇸 (@DemWrite) November 19, 2018
“I would love if he wasn’t responsible,” Trump said of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. To Trump, MBS is “a strong person, he has very good control.”https://t.co/2tXfPSoOKK
— Goetz Kluge (@Bonnetmaker) November 20, 2018
YouTube (uploaded 2018-06-15, see also Twitter):
[Trump] Hey, he’s the head of a country — I mean he’s the strong head, don’t let anyone think anything different — he speaks and his people sit up at attention. I want my people to do the same.
[FOX NEWS] Well, just before you met with him, he cleaned house. Three of his top generals, some of the hardliners, he fired. Then you go over there. You took some heat over saluting one of the generals.
[Trump] I think he fired at least —
[FOX NEWS (didn’t get Trump’s joke attempt)] Three do we know of.
[Trump] — may be “fired” “at least”. “Fired” may be a nice word.
In his exercises in sarcasm, Trump actually made fun of Kim Jong Un. As Trump later didn’t dare to crack such “jokes” about Mohammad bin Salman, Trump probably takes the prince more serious than the North Korean “strong head”. Also Trump’s courage has limits, and experimental irony isn’t always good for business.
Then again, was Trump joking? In order to be on the safe side, Trump’s people did sit and stand in attention. For some of them it wasn’t safe enough, therefore the image of Trump with his people is outdated. (In the end perhaps only Pence will remain).