During a press briefing this afternoon, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer offered some moderate praise for Kim Jong-un.
In the briefing, Spicer was asked about President Donald Trump’s recent comments that he would be “honored” to meet with Kim Jong-un “under the right circumstances.” Spicer was questioned about why the president said he would feel honored to meet with a dictator like Jong-un.
Responding to these questions, Spicer suggested that Kim Jong-un is in some ways an impressive leader because he assumed office at a young age and fended off “potential threats” that came his way.
“He’s obviously managed to lead a country forward,” Spicer said. “Despite the obvious concerns that we and so many other people have, he is a young person to be leading a country with nuclear weapons.”
Spicer also said, when asked about Trump’s apparent praise of Jong-un, that “He’s still a head of state” and that there’s “still a diplomatic piece of this.”
However, Spicer suggested that there will not be a meeting between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un anytime soon; Spicer said that the circumstances would have to be right, and they clearly aren’t at this time.
“We’ve got to see their provocative behavior wretched down immediately,” Spicer said. “There’s a lot of conditions that would have to happen with respect to its behavior, and to show signs of good faith. Clearly the conditions are not there right now.”