Late last year Russian strongman Vladimir Putin praised Donald Trump as a “very outstanding man,” calling the real-estate heir and presidential candidate “unquestionably talented.” (Trump later boasted several times that Putin had called him a “genius,” which is not true.) Now another geopolitically belligerent regime has followed Putin’s lead: a new column in a North Korean state media publication describes Trump as “wise” and suggests that his hostile stance toward South Korea could benefit the North. (Trump has complained that South Korea does not contribute enough to its own defense and says he would potentially withdraw U.S. troops from the peninsula.)
From the Washington, D.C.-based NK News site, quoting North Korea’s DPRK Today:
“Trump said ‘he will not get involved in the war between the South and the North,’ isn’t this fortunate from North Koreans’ perspective?”
Referring to the Trump’s speech in March to potentially withdraw the U.S. military forces from Seoul if it does not pay more for its defense costs, the North Korean editorial welcomed the policy with open arms.
“Yes do it, now … Who knew that the slogan ‘Yankee Go Home’ would come true like this? The day when the ‘Yankee Go Home’ slogan becomes real would be the day of Korean Unification.”
So, the world’s most infamously oppressive/insane government is praising the presumptive Republican presidential nominee because it thinks his election would help it overrun one of the United States’ key democratic allies in Asia. We live in interesting times.