Trump can't stop singing the praises of the brutal regime that murdered an American college student.
Trump praised the "beautiful vision" of the repressive and dictatorial North Korean regime of Kim Jong Un in a series of tweets on Friday.
North Korea has conducted a series of missile tests, including three launches in the last week. The launches are part of a longstanding pattern designed to threaten American allies in the region, including South Korea and Japan.
The provocations highlight the continued failure of Trump's North Korean policy, which has seen the rogue nation granted an elevated international stature without making any concessions on its nuclear ambitions.
But for Trump, North Korea's actions are no problem.
"There may be a United Nations violation, but Chairman Kim does not want to disappoint me with a violation of trust, there is far too much for North Korea to gain," Trump wrote.
"Chariman [sic] Kim has a great and beautiful vision for his country, and only the United States, with me as President, can make that vision come true," Trump added. "He will do the right thing because he is far too smart not to, and he does not want to disappoint his friend, President Trump!"
North Korea is a closed dictatorship that brutally suppresses and controls its citizens. It has repeatedly been shunned on the international stage, and harshly criticized and ostracized for its human rights abuses.
Otto Warmbier, a 22-year-old American college student, was detained and abused by the regime run by Trump's "friend."
"The 22-year-old was blind and deaf, his arms were curled and mangled and he was jerking violently and howling, completely unresponsive to his family's attempts to comfort him. His once straight teeth were misaligned, and he had an unexplained scarred wound on his foot. An expert said in court papers that the injuries suggested he had been tortured with electrocution," the Associated Press reported last year.
"A neurologist later concluded that the college student suffered brain damage, likely from a loss of blood flow to the brain for five to 20 minutes."
Warmbier died in 2017.
Trump continues to make excuses for North Korea and cozy up to Kim Jong Un. Instead of addressing his diplomatic failures and how they have made the world less safe, Trump uses his elevated stature to prop up a brutal dictatorship.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.