It seems Donald Trump doesn’t know who the current leader of North Korea is, or knows the difference between Kim Jong-un and his father Kim Jong-il.
Asked by Fox & Friends co-host Ainsley Earhardt whether he has ruled out a military strike on Pyongyang, Trump repeatedly referred to North Korea’s leader as “this gentleman”—and implied he was dealing with the same “gentleman” that former presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama had grappled with:
“You know, they’ve been talking with this gentleman for a long time. You read Clinton’s book, he said, ‘Oh, we made such a great peace deal,’ and it was a joke. You look at different things over the years with President Obama. Everybody has been outplayed, they’ve all been outplayed by this gentleman. And we’ll see what happens. But I just don’t telegraph my moves.”
Unfortunately for Trump, the “gentleman” Clinton was talking to during his presidency was in fact Kim Jong-il—the now-deceased father of Kim Jong-un.
This is not the first time Trump has appeared publicly confused while talking about geopolitics or North Korea. Last week, he revealed that it took Chinese president Xi Jinping just 10 minutes to convince him that solving problems with North Korea is “not so easy.”
Trump appears to refer to Kim Jong-un & Kim Jong-il (died in 2011) as the same person—whom he calls “this gentleman”pic.twitter.com/iiuPxnbAc2
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) April 18, 2017