In an interview with Reuters last week, #Donald Trump expanded on his sometimes confusing foreign policy, which now includes creating a relationship with the notoriously secretive Kim Jong-Un, dictator of North Korea. Trump, who has previously praised other controversial world leaders like Russian president Vladimir Putin, refused to go into too much detail but said that he would have "no problem" meeting with North Korean officials and establishing a working relationship. When asked if he would try to "talk some sense" into Kim Jong-Un he replied, "Absolutely."
Putting 'a lot of pressure' on China
In addition to talking with Kim, Trump added that he would "put a lot of pressure" on North Korea's only large financial supporter, China, "because economically, we have a tremendous power over China. China could solve that problem with one meeting or phone call." When asked how they felt about this sentiment, Chinese officials only stated that they believed communication between the United States and North Korea would be "beneficial." But Trump isn't the first presidential candidate to consider adding North Korean relations to his #Foreign Policy. In a 2007 debate with #Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama also hinted at being willing to talk with the North Korean dictator and trying to create a dialogue between the two countries. 2016 Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders also mentioned having concerns about North Korea in a debate with Hillary Clinton, stating that North Korea is "a very, very strange country because it is so isolated, and I do feel that a nation with nuclear weapons...they've got to be dealt with." Despite politicians concerns over the years, no president has ever actually met with North Korean leadership for discussion and, if elected, Trump would be the first sitting president to do so.
Trump's opponents are skeptical
"Let me get this straight: Donald Trump insults the leader of our closest ally, then turns around and says he'd love to talk to Kim Jong-Un?" said Jake Sullivan, Hillary Clinton's senior foreign policy advisor, in response to the interview. "[Trump] seems to have a bizarre fascination with foreign strongmen like Putin and Kim. But his approach to foreign policy makes no sense to the rest of us." Despite his plans to make working relationships with traditional American enemies like North Korea, Trump is already having trouble with current, and longstanding American allies. British Prime Minister David Cameron has openly criticized Trump's comments on Muslims, immigration, and foreign policy, saying they were 'divisive, stupid and wrong.' There have also been calls in Great Britain to ban Trump from entering the country if elected. When asked about what he would do about this strained relationship with America's strongest ally if he were to be elected president, Trump said, "I'm sure I'll have a good relationship with [Cameron]."