•   
  •   
  •   

PoliticsStill angling for a deal, Trump backs Kim Jong Un over Biden, Bolton and Japan

17:00  27 may  2019
17:00  27 may  2019 Source:   washingtonpost.com

Kim Kardashian West announces son's name

Kim Kardashian West announces son's name Kim and Kanye welcomed their son on May 10, but held off on announcing the name.

Kim Jong Un is “very smart,” Biden has a low IQ, and North Korea didn’t launch ballistic missiles, the Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Still angling for a deal , Trump At a joint news conference with Japan ’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, Trump gave cover to Kim as he

Kim Jong Un is “very smart,” Biden has a low IQ, and North Korea didn’t launch ballistic missiles He also again sided with Kim over former vice president Joe Biden , after his Democratic rival was At a joint news conference with Japan ’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, Trump gave cover to Kim as he

Video provided by Reuters

TOKYO —President Trump is so determined to sell his vision of peace with North Korea that he is prepared to back Kim Jong Un over his advisers, his allies and his fellow Americans.

At a joint news conference with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Trump directly contradicted his own national security adviser, John Bolton, as well as his host, by arguing that Pyongyang had not launched ballistic missiles this month nor violated U.N. Security Council resolutions.

Analysis: Fact-checking President Trump’s wild jabs at Joe Biden

Analysis: Fact-checking President Trump’s wild jabs at Joe Biden Armed with misleading claims, the president seeks to take a Democratic rival down a notch.

Kim Jong Un is “very smart,” Biden has a low IQ, and North Korea didn’t just launch ballistic Japan : man arrested after nine bodies and severed heads found in flat – reports Japan : man Trump 's Trans Military Ban Was Just Dealt a Huge Blow Trump 's Trans Military Ban Was Just Dealt a Huge Blow.

Trump had a similar meeting during his last visit to Japan . The release of Japanese abductees is a top priority for Abe. Despite the defense of Kim , the two Trump himself tweeted about the round of golf -- a pastime both leaders have bonded over -- and his love for former South African great and nine-time

He also again sided with North Korea over former vice president Joe Biden, after his Democratic rival was branded a “fool of low I.Q.” by North Korea’s state media for calling Kim a dictator and a tyrant.

Subscribe to the Post Most newsletter: Today’s most popular stories on The Washington Post

Trump said he was not “personally” bothered by North Korea’s missile launches this month and said he does not believe they violate the U.N. Security Council resolutions.

Trump arrives for ceremonial visit to Japan, but Iran and North Korea also loom

Trump arrives for ceremonial visit to Japan, but Iran and North Korea also loom Tensions over Iran and a deadlock over North Korea are among the issues President Trump will discuss with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Subscribe to our channel! rupt.ly/subscribe US President Donald said he agreed with a statement by North Korean leader Kim Jong - un that "Joe Biden is a low

“ Kim Jong Un made a statement that Joe Biden is a low-IQ individual. He probably is, based on his record. Just stop for a second and think about that: The president of the United States endorsed a foreign government’s nasty insults of America’s former vice president — and did so while standing

“My people think it could have been a violation,” Trump said. “I view it differently.”

On Saturday, the president’s national security adviser, John Bolton, had told reporters there was “no doubt” that North Korea had violated the Security Council resolutions by firing off short-range ballistic missiles.

Trump to Delay Japan Trade Deal Until Country's July Polls

Trump to Delay Japan Trade Deal Until Country's July Polls President Donald Trump said the U.S. is making "great progress" in trade negotiations with Japan even though a deal could come only after the latter’s elections in July. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); "Agriculture and beef heavily in play" in the talks, Trump tweeted after spending about 2 1/2 hours golfing with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Still angling for a deal , Trump backs Kim Jong Un over Biden , Bolton and Japan . Trump also claimed that remains of U.S. soldiers “keep coming back ,” but in reality, the Pentagon has suspended its efforts to recover those bodies. The U.S. military said it has been unable to reach North Korean

For North Korean leader Kim Jong Un , there is much at stake at Tuesday's historic summit with President Trump . This is by far the farthest Kim has That's a sign he's confident about his grip on power back home. But making a deal with the U.S. is still a big risk. Ben Tracy reports from Singapore.

North Korea’s Foreign Ministry was quick to round on Bolton Monday, with an unnamed spokesman quoted in state media as calling him a “war maniac” who has a “different mental structure from ordinary people.”

But Bolton didn’t get much support from Trump, who appears keen to think the best of Kim, whether because he believes in their personal chemistry or because he can’t admit that a major foreign policy initiative is failing.

“I view it as a man — perhaps he wants to get attention, and perhaps not, who knows,” Trump said, referring to Kim and the tests. “It doesn’t matter. All I know is that there have been no nuclear tests, there have been no ballistic missiles going out, no long-range missiles going out.”

Trump portrayed the North Korean dictator as a leader who believes, as the president himself does, that his country has “tremendous economic potential” but understands he can’t develop it while still pursuing his nuclear ambitions.

US 'not looking for regime change' in Iran: Trump

US 'not looking for regime change' in Iran: Trump The United States is not seeking regime change in Iran, President Donald Trump said Monday, as tensions between the two countries rise with Washington deploying troops to the region. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); "I know so many people from Iran, these are great people, it has a chance to be a great country, with the same leadership," Trump said at a press conference in Tokyo where he is on a state visit. "We're not looking for regime change, I just want to make that clear.

“He knows that with nuclear, that’s never going to happen, only bad can happen,” Trump said. “He understands, he is a very smart man, he gets it.”

The president — a former real estate developer — also cast Kim’s opportunities through the lens of his previous passion. North Korea, the president said, is “located between Russia and China on one side, and South Korea on the other. It’s all waterfront property. It’s a great location, as we used to say in the real estate business.”

In an earlier tweet, Trump had also seemed to side with Kim against former vice president Joe Biden — the Democratic candidate for president about whom he and his aides currently are most worried. In that missive, Trump wrote that he appreciated a recent comment by North Korea state media criticizing Biden, adding, “Perhaps that’s sending me a signal?”

Pressed about seeming to choose a brutal dictator over a fellow American, Trump doubled down on his initial tweet. “Well, Kim Jong Un made a statement that Joe Biden is a low IQ individual,” he said. “I think I agree with him on that.”

Bolton and the U.S. ambassador to Japan, William Hagerty — both sitting to the side — chuckled slightly at Trump’s put-down of the former vice president.

Cracks, confusion in US approach to North Korea as Trump openly defies advisers

Cracks, confusion in US approach to North Korea as Trump openly defies advisers Cracks, confusion in US approach to North Korea as Trump openly defies advisers three months after the Hanoi summit ended with no deal

Abe has been keen to play down his differences with Trump over North Korea and stressed that the two countries’ positions were “the same.” He said Trump had “broken the shell of mistrust” with Kim, and shared his vision of a bright future.

But even Abe could not bring himself to agree with Trump when it came to the missile launches.

“On May 9th, North Korea launched short-range ballistic missiles, and that’s a violation of the U.N. Security Council’s resolution, so, as I have been saying, this is quite a regrettable act,” he said.

Still angling for a deal, Trump backs Kim Jong Un over Biden, Bolton and Japan
Still angling for a deal, Trump backs Kim Jong Un over Biden, Bolton and Japan
Still angling for a deal, Trump backs Kim Jong Un over Biden, Bolton and Japan
Still angling for a deal, Trump backs Kim Jong Un over Biden, Bolton and Japan
Still angling for a deal, Trump backs Kim Jong Un over Biden, Bolton and Japan
Still angling for a deal, Trump backs Kim Jong Un over Biden, Bolton and Japan
Still angling for a deal, Trump backs Kim Jong Un over Biden, Bolton and Japan
Still angling for a deal, Trump backs Kim Jong Un over Biden, Bolton and Japan
Still angling for a deal, Trump backs Kim Jong Un over Biden, Bolton and Japan
Still angling for a deal, Trump backs Kim Jong Un over Biden, Bolton and Japan
Still angling for a deal, Trump backs Kim Jong Un over Biden, Bolton and Japan
Still angling for a deal, Trump backs Kim Jong Un over Biden, Bolton and Japan
Still angling for a deal, Trump backs Kim Jong Un over Biden, Bolton and Japan
Still angling for a deal, Trump backs Kim Jong Un over Biden, Bolton and Japan
Still angling for a deal, Trump backs Kim Jong Un over Biden, Bolton and Japan
Still angling for a deal, Trump backs Kim Jong Un over Biden, Bolton and Japan
Still angling for a deal, Trump backs Kim Jong Un over Biden, Bolton and Japan
Still angling for a deal, Trump backs Kim Jong Un over Biden, Bolton and Japan
Still angling for a deal, Trump backs Kim Jong Un over Biden, Bolton and Japan
Still angling for a deal, Trump backs Kim Jong Un over Biden, Bolton and Japan
Still angling for a deal, Trump backs Kim Jong Un over Biden, Bolton and Japan
Still angling for a deal, Trump backs Kim Jong Un over Biden, Bolton and Japan
Still angling for a deal, Trump backs Kim Jong Un over Biden, Bolton and Japan
Still angling for a deal, Trump backs Kim Jong Un over Biden, Bolton and Japan
Still angling for a deal, Trump backs Kim Jong Un over Biden, Bolton and Japan
Still angling for a deal, Trump backs Kim Jong Un over Biden, Bolton and Japan
Still angling for a deal, Trump backs Kim Jong Un over Biden, Bolton and Japan
Still angling for a deal, Trump backs Kim Jong Un over Biden, Bolton and Japan
Still angling for a deal, Trump backs Kim Jong Un over Biden, Bolton and Japan
Still angling for a deal, Trump backs Kim Jong Un over Biden, Bolton and Japan
Still angling for a deal, Trump backs Kim Jong Un over Biden, Bolton and Japan
Still angling for a deal, Trump backs Kim Jong Un over Biden, Bolton and Japan
Still angling for a deal, Trump backs Kim Jong Un over Biden, Bolton and Japan
Still angling for a deal, Trump backs Kim Jong Un over Biden, Bolton and Japan
Still angling for a deal, Trump backs Kim Jong Un over Biden, Bolton and Japan
Still angling for a deal, Trump backs Kim Jong Un over Biden, Bolton and Japan
Still angling for a deal, Trump backs Kim Jong Un over Biden, Bolton and Japan
Still angling for a deal, Trump backs Kim Jong Un over Biden, Bolton and Japan
Still angling for a deal, Trump backs Kim Jong Un over Biden, Bolton and Japan
Still angling for a deal, Trump backs Kim Jong Un over Biden, Bolton and Japan

Slideshow by photo services

Earlier Trump became the first foreign leader to meet Japanese Emperor Naruhito since he ascended the Chrysanthemum Throne at the beginning of the month, something he described as a “profound honor.” On Saturday, he was the guest of honor on the final day of a sumo tournament, presenting a specially made “President’s Cup” to the winner.

So far, Japan’s attempt to court and flatter Trump during this four-day state visit appears to be paying off. Talking to the media before his summit discussions with the Japanese leader, Trump described Abe as a “truly amazing prime minister,” and Japan as a “really interesting and fabulous place.”

“We understand each other very well, we’re very committed to each other as nations, so we have a situation where we have the best relationship that we’ve ever had with Japan, and we’re going to keep it that way,” he said.

Crucially for Japan, Trump signaled that a trade deal between the two nations — something he has been impatient to deliver — will be delayed until after July’s Upper House elections in Japan. He said the two leaders would “get the balance of trade straightened out rapidly,” adding that an announcement would come “probably in August.”

Trump wants to see Japan cut tariffs for U.S. agricultural products, after the United States’ withdrawal from the 11-nation Trans Pacific Partnership left its exporters at a disadvantage. He has also threatened to impose 25 percent tariffs on foreign cars, although he declared this month he would delay imposing them for 180 days to allow room for negotiations on restricting import volumes.

But Abe’s constant reminders to Trump that Japan’s car companies have poured money into the United States, including in regions dominated by Republican voters, also appear to be paying off.

Abe said Japanese companies had invested $24 billion since Trump took office, adding that energy companies had reacted to Trump’s “tax reform” by deciding to invest in Michigan, Alabama, Kentucky and other states.

The U.S. president echoed that sentiment Monday, talking of “unprecedented amounts of dollars” being invested in the United States.”

He also boasted that Japan has become one of the world’s top purchasers of American defense equipment and would be buying 105 “brand new F-35 stealth aircraft,” to give it the largest F-35 fleet of any U.S. ally.

But Trump said he believed a trade deal could be reached that would “benefit both our economies” and reduce the U.S. deficit.

“We have an unbelievably large imbalance as you know, trade imbalance, which has been there for many years, Japan having the big advantage,” he said. “They are brilliant businesspeople, brilliant negotiators, and they put us in a very tough spot. But I think we will have a deal with Japan.”

Trump also backed Abe’s efforts to mediate between the United States and Iran, with the prime minister reported to be planning a visit there next month.

“I do believe Iran would like to talk, and if they want to talk we’d like to talk,” Trump said. “I know for a fact the PM is very close with the leadership of Iran, and we’ll see what happens. Nobody wants to see terrible things happen, especially me.”

ashley.parker@washpost.com

simon.denyer@washpost.com

Read More

Kim's sister back in public eye at North Korea's mass games.
The powerful younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un attended a public event in Pyongyang for the first time in more than 50 days, casting further doubt on media speculation that he had ordered her to lay low over the failed nuclear summit with Washington. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.

Topical videos:

usr: 1
This is interesting!