Does Donald Trump actually know who the leader of North Korea is?

Ross McGuinness

Donald Trump has been accused of not knowing who the the leader of North Korea actually is.

In a rambling interview with Fox News on Monday, the US president continually referred to the hermit nation’s leader as ‘this gentlemen’.

He then spoke about how ‘this gentlemen’ had outmaneuvered past presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.

This is despite the fact that the North Korean leader during Clinton’s presidency and part of Obama’s rule was Kim Jong-il, who died in 2011.

His son, Kim Jon-un is now in charge of the secretive country.

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Mr Trump was asked about escalating tensions between the US and North Korea over the latter’s missile testing.

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He said: ‘I don’t want to telegraph what I’m doing or what I’m thinking. I’m not like other administrations where they say, “We’re going to do this in four weeks”.

‘It doesn’t work that way. We’ll see what happens. I hope things work out well. I hope there’s going to be peace.’

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He added: ‘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.’

A senior North Korean official warned today that the country would now conduct weekly missile tests, under a growing cloud of military tension with the U.S.

Donald Trump last week sent an American ‘armada’ of ships into the Sea of Japan as a show of force, increasing fears that all-out war could be on the cards.