Trump Can’t Stop Praising Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, and Kim Jong Un

In last night’s appearance on Fox, Donald Trump once again sang the praises of the likes of Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, and Kim Jong Un, reminding Americans he’s willing to cozy up with some of the world’s worst dictators.

Trump has repeatedly bragged about his “good relationship” with Vladimir Putin and has praised his intellect, even as Putin continues his brutal invasion of Ukraine. 

Donald Trump on Putin, last night: “I could see that he loved [Ukraine]. … We had a very good relationship.”

Donald Trump, last night: “Putin, very smart. Now, he’s had probably a bad year. Don’t forget, that whole thing is not, if he took over all of Ukraine-”

Donald Trump, March 2023: “I got along very well with Putin.”

Donald Trump, February 2023: “I actually had a very good relationship.”

Washington Post, February 2022: “‘Genius,’ ‘Savvy’: Trump reacts to Putin’s invasion of Ukraine exactly as you’d expect”

Donald Trump, February 2022: “‘I said, “How smart is that?” He’s going to go in and be a peacekeeper,’ added Trump, who regularly praised and sought close ties with Putin during his time in office. ‘That’s the strongest peace force. We could use that on our southern border. That’s the strongest peace force I’ve ever seen. There were more army tanks than I’ve ever seen. They’re going to keep peace, all right.’”

Donald Trump, February 2022: “Putin is now saying, ‘It’s independent,’ a large section of Ukraine. I said, ‘How smart is that?’ And he’s gonna go in and be a peacekeeper. … Here’s a guy who’s very savvy.”

Trump also expressed his admiration for Xi Jinping. Trump has heaped praise on China’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and his failed trade deal with China hurt American farmers and manufacturers.

Donald Trump, last night: “People ask me how smart is Xi. I say top of the line. You never met anybody smarter.”

Donald Trump, last night: “President Xi is a brilliant man. … the look, the brain, the whole thing. We had a great relationship.”

CNN: “Trump promised to win the trade war with China. He failed”

PIIE: “China bought none of the extra $200 billion of US exports in Trump’s trade deal”

Donald Trump, January 2020: “China has been working very hard to contain the Coronavirus. The United States greatly appreciates their efforts and transparency. It will all work out well. In particular, on behalf of the American People, I want to thank President Xi!”

Trump even lavished praise on North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Trump has repeatedly refused to condemn Kim’s human rights abuses while praising his authoritarian rule.

Donald Trump, last night: “How smart is Kim Jong Un? Top of the line. … really smart. You know, when you come out and as a young man at 24, 23, even though he sort of inherits it … he took over a country of very smart people, very, very energetic people, very tough people at a very young age and he has total dominant control.”

Donald Trump on Kim Jong Un, last night: “I got along great with him.”

CBS News: “‘You know you call people sometimes killers, [Kim Jong Un] is a killer. He’s clearly executing people,’ Baier said. ‘He’s a tough guy,’ Mr. Trump responded.”

Trump, when questioned on Kim’s history of brutality: “Look, he’s doing what he’s seen done, if you look at it. But, I really have to go by today and by yesterday and by a couple of weeks ago because that’s really when this whole thing started.”

Trump, when read a list of Kim’s human rights abuses: “Sure. I know all these things. I mean– I’m not a baby. I know these things. … I get along with him, okay?”

CNN: “Trump: Kim Jong Un very open and honorable”