Donald J. Trump is buttering up the guy he used to ridicule as Little Rocket Man.
The president of the United States calls the North Korean dictator, Kim Jong Un, “very honorable” and “very open” in advance of the planned summit between the two leaders set for sometime in May or June.
I wasn’t keen on the Little Rocket Man epithet, given that it sounded unseemly for the president of the United States to use such language to describe another sovereign nation’s leader.
However, I must take issue with Trump’s latest assessment of Kim Jong Un.
A dictator and despot who allows his people to starve while he pours untold amounts of money into building a military infrastructure isn’t “honorable.” A guy who has members of his own family murdered is the farthest thing from “honorable.” A leader who threatens nuclear holocaust against his neighbors and then fires missiles over their heads to intimidate them isn’t “honorable” by any stretch of the imagination.
I get that the president is talking about Kim Jong Un’s conduct in the run-up to the planned summit.
Let’s cool the talk about honor as it regards this guy. He is still a dangerous actor performing on a perilous world stage.