In an impromptu interview with Fox and Friends on Friday, President Donald Trump made a statement that left many people scratching their heads.
He made a statement that sounded a lot like he was asking the American people to treat him just like North Koreans treat their leader.
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“He’s the head of a country. And I mean, he is the strong head. Don’t let anyone think anything different. He speaks and his people sit up at attention. I want my people to do the same.” — Donald Trump
The statement has turned a lot of heads since it was unclear what the president meant. On the one hand, “his people” and “my people” could have referred to all North Koreans and Americans, meaning that Donald Trump does want the American people to treat him like North Koreans treat Kim Jong Un.
Kim Jong Un has a notoriously bad human rights record and has a history of mistreatment of prisoners, so this could be bad news if this is what President Trump meant.
On the other hand, he could have simply been referring to those who report directly to their leaders.
Meaning that he wished his people listened to him like Kim Jong Un’s officials listen and report to him.
After the brief interview, Donald Trump was pressed by a CNN reporter at a separate press conference to clarify what he meant by the statement. In response, he cleared up the misunderstanding by stressing that he was being sarcastic and didn’t mean anything by the statement.
“I was kidding. You don’t understand sarcasm.” — Donald Trump