After Donald Trump’s much-vaunted “summit” with brutal North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un at which he claims to have extracted promises of peace and “denuclearization” of the Korean peninsula, every reporter was hoping to get the first one-on-one interview with him.
It wasn’t really a question, however, that it would be a reporter from Fox News that landed the gig — the last interview Trump did with a major network other than Fox was when he accidentally admitted to Lester Holt on NBC that he was obstructing justice when he fired James Comey.
This time, Trump selected Bret Baier to give an interview after the summit, and Baier, as appropriate for Fox, tossed the president mostly softballs for the duration of the segment. He did push back a tiny bit on what seemed like strangely effusive praise from Trump for a dictator that just a few months ago he was calling “Little Rocket Man,” a despot known for executing political enemies, stifling speech absolutely, and starving his citizens as he lives in opulence.
But Trump fired back, excusing Kim Jong-Un’s brutality almost with a wave:
But that was nowhere near the most offensive part of the interview.
Trump claimed that one of the most important things that he got Kim to agree to — of which there were many, many concessions Trump claimed to have gotten but were conveniently missing from any signed agreement — was the return of the remains of American troops killed in the Korean War.
That war ended in 1953, and although you likely knew that, it’s important to point out here, because Trump proceeded to tell Bret Baier a disgusting lie — for no reason other than to make himself look like a “man of the people” who listens to his constituents — about our very own fallen heroes from the Korean War:
“The soldiers that died in Korea, their remains are gonna be coming back home. And we have thousands of people that have asked for that. Thousands and thousands of people. So many people asked when I was on the campaign — I said ‘Wait a minute, I don’t have any relationship [with North Korea]’ — but they said, ‘When you can, president, we’d love our son to be brought back home. You know, the remains.’ And I asked — we had pretty much finished — and I said, ‘Would you do me a favor? The remains of these great fallen heroes, could we do something?’ He agreed to it immediately.”
So… Bearing in mind when the Korean War ended, and how old soldiers in that war might be now, had they lived, how many of their parents do you think actually approached Trump on the campaign trail?
It’s gross, but it’s just another day for Donald Trump.
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