Donald Trump has parked a fleet of U.S. warships off the coast of North Korea and he’s threatening military action if the rogue nation continues its efforts toward nuclear proliferation. But it’s become fairly evident that Trump doesn’t know the name of North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, instead referring to him as “this gentleman.” Worse, Trump believes that Kim and his late father are the same person.
The stunning revelation came to light when Donald Trump gave an interview to Fox News in which he twice referred to current North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un as “that gentleman” and never did speak his name. Talking Points Memo pointed out the oddness of this behavior (link). But hey, Kim Jong-Un has an unusual name, and perhaps Trump merely couldn’t remember it in the moment, or was afraid he might mispronounce it. But then reporter Ana Marie Cox from MTV News pointed out in a tweet (link) that Trump believes the guy currently in power in North Korea is the same guy who was in power back in the nineties. Seriously.
Trump insisted in his Fox News interview that “this gentleman” in North Korea has outplayed both Bill Clinton and Barack Obama over the years. But current North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is barely thirty years old, and he didn’t come into power until 2011 when his father Kim Jong-Il died. By Trump’s own admission, he believes the guy currently in charge of North Korea is the same guy who was in charge a quarter century ago. That means Trump doesn’t even know who the current leader of North Korea is. It’s not just that he doesn’t know the guy’s name; he’s thinking of the wrong guy entirely. Contribute to Palmer Report
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report