'A lot of other people have done some really bad things': Donald Trump defends Kim Jong-un over human rights abuses

Donald Trump has come a long way from describing Kim Jong-un as ‘Rocket Man’ and threatening ‘fire and fury’.

Now, when questioned about the human rights abuses in North Korea, the President has defended ‘tough guy’ Kim.

Trump was questioned about the historic summit as he left Singapore and interviewer Bret Baier put it to the President that Kim was ‘a killer’ who was ‘executing people’.

Donald Trump has appeared to defend Kim Jong-un over his human rights abuses (Rex)

However, Trump dismissed the concerns, praising Kim as a ‘tough guy’.

He said: ‘Hey, when you take over a country, tough country, with tough people, and you take it over from your father, I don’t care who you are, what you are, how much of an advantage you have – if you can do that at 27 years old, that’s one in 10,000 could do that…

‘So he’s a very smart guy, he’s a great negotiator and I think we understand each other.’

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When pressed on the fact that Kim had done some ‘really bad things’, Trump responded: ‘Yeah, but so have a lot of other people done some really bad things.

‘I could go through a lot of nations where a lot of bad things were done.’

The UN has previously accused the North Korean regime of ‘systematic, widespread and gross human rights violations’.

The President described the North Korean leader as a ‘tough guy’ (Rex)

Their inquiry added: ‘These are not mere excesses of the state; they are essential components of a political system that has moved far from the ideals on which it claims to be founded.

‘The gravity, scale and nature of these violations reveal a state that does not have any parallel in the contemporary world.’

Trump said the world is ‘safer’ following the summit with Kim.

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He tweeted: ‘Just landed – a long trip, but everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office.

‘There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea. Meeting with Kim Jong Un was an interesting and very positive experience. North Korea has great potential for the future!’