Following Trump’s summit with North Korea, Russian state television mocked Trump as a failure and a clown. In contrast, Gleb Ivashentsev, the former Russian ambassador to North Korea, praised Kim for his achievements. He said Kim achieved more than his father and grandfather “by forcing the head of the largest imperialist nation to negotiate with him as an equal.”
According to Newsweek, Konstantin Asmolov from the Center for Korean Studies, said Kim didn’t have much motivation to make an agreement with Trump because Trump may not be in power for long.
“If Kim conceded anything, then Trump’s successor might say that everything that this clown [Trump] has signed was not in our [U.S.] national interests and then Kim would end up in [Muammar el-] Qaddafi’s position,” Asmolov said, referring to the overthrown leader of Libya.
Dmitry Kiselyov, the host of a Russian news show, further explained how Trump’s foreign policy was riddled with failures.
“Trump miraculously managed to worsen relations on all fronts: with the European Union, China, Russia. Total failure in Syria. The same with Turkey. Failure with Iran and failure with Venezuela,” Kiselyov said. He then took aim at Trump’s recent North Korea summit, saying: “Trump, who calls himself the ‘master of the deal,’ left Vietnam empty-handed.”
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