Trump saluted a North Korean military officer and the footage is now being run on state television— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) June 14, 2018
REMINDER: The right-wing freaked out when Obama "bowed" to a Japanese robot. pic.twitter.com/5KiXhdxwSy
Today, Trump was asked about Kim Jong-Un’s history of executing political opponents. Trump defended Kim by saying he was “a tough guy.”— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) June 14, 2018
Trump can’t conceal his admiration for despots, or his disdain for democratic leaders like Justin Trudeau. And still, Republicans stay silent.
One important thing to understand about Trump is there is no bottom.— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) June 13, 2018
Here he is praising a dictator for murdering his political opponents.
It will get worse. https://t.co/nWqjHxGawI
This is like the time Trump said he lost "hundreds" of friends on 9/11. Zero. He lost zero friends on 9/11. He attended zero 9/11 funerals.— Lawrence O'Donnell (@Lawrence) June 14, 2018
Zero parents of fallen Korean War soldiers have spoken to Trump. Zero. https://t.co/d8msLHo1P0
Trump says he wants people to treat him like North Koreans treat Kim Jung Un.— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) June 15, 2018
Trump later was asked about this and claims it was "sarcasm." You can watch the video and judge for yourself. It's not the first time Trump effusively praised Kim Jung Un's leadership and toughness.— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) June 15, 2018
UPDATE - November 2018David E. Sanger and William J. Broad wrote in the New York Times:
North Korea is moving ahead with its ballistic missile program at 16 hidden bases that have been identified in new commercial satellite images, a network long known to American intelligence agencies but left undiscussed as President Trump claims to have neutralized the North’s nuclear threat.
The satellite images suggest that the North has been engaged in a great deception: It has offered to dismantle a major launching site — a step it began, then halted — while continuing to make improvements at more than a dozen others that would bolster launches of conventional and nuclear warheads.
The existence of the ballistic missile bases, which North Korea has never acknowledged, contradicts Mr. Trump’s assertion that his landmark diplomacy is leading to the elimination of a nuclear and missile program that the North had warned could devastate the United States.
The President responded with the incomprehensible statement that the Times article describes facts he "fully know[s]" yet, at the same time, the article is "fake news."
The story in the New York Times concerning North Korea developing missile bases is inaccurate. We fully know about the sites being discussed, nothing new - and nothing happening out of the normal. Just more Fake News. I will be the first to let you know if things go bad!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 13, 2018
UPDATE - July-Sept 2019
DIA analysts say North Korea may have produced 12 nuclear weapons since the first Trump-Kim summit. Wow. https://t.co/tn2mLZSoCU— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) July 26, 2019
In late July 2019, North Korea fired two missiles into the Sea of Japan. South Korea’s National Security Council believed them to be a "new type of short-range ballistic missile."
Kim Jong Un and North Korea tested 3 short range missiles over the last number of days. These missiles tests are not a violation of our signed Singapore agreement, nor was there discussion of short range missiles when we shook hands. There may be a United Nations violation, but..— Unfollow Trump (@UnfollowTrump) August 2, 2019
.....Chairman Kim does not want to disappoint me with a violation of trust, there is far too much for North Korea to gain - the potential as a Country, under Kim Jong Un’s leadership, is unlimited. Also, there is far too much to lose. I may be wrong, but I believe that......— Unfollow Trump (@UnfollowTrump) August 2, 2019
....Chariman Kim has a great and beautiful vision for his country, and only the United States, with me as President, can make that vision come true. He will do the right thing because he is far too smart not to, and he does not want to disappoint his friend, President Trump!— Unfollow Trump (@UnfollowTrump) August 2, 2019
In September 2019, CNN reported that "Pyongyang is, for the first time, actively using testing weapons to target weak points in the advanced missile defense system that protects the US, Japan and South Korea."