North Korean state-run media said Wednesday that President Donald Trump has been "sentenced to death by the Korean people" after insulting dictator Kim Jong Un.
What did the report say?
An editorial in the state-run newspaper Rodong Sinmun said that Trump “betrayed his true colors as an old lunatic, mean trickster and human reject” during his recent visit to South Korea.
The editorial accused Trump of “spouting all sorts of rubbish” against the North Korean regime and the North Korean people during his tour of Asia.
“The worst crime for which he can never be pardoned is that he dared malignantly hurt the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK,” it said.
The editorial said that Trump is “an old slave of money” who “dared point an accusing finger at the sun.”
“He should know that he is just a hideous criminal sentenced to death by the Korean people,” it said. “He will be forced to pay dearly for his blasphemy any moment."
The editorial went on to praise the “Korean-style socialist system” as “dignified” and called American capitalism “venom.”
“The reckless remarks spouted by Trump during his junkets cannot but be viewed as the final confirmation of the White House's policy hostile to the DPRK, a total denial of the existence of the DPRK and an open declaration of war not to allow the existence of the Korean people any more,” it said. “Rabid dog's barking can never frighten the Korean people.”
What did Trump say?
According to The Hill, the editorial followed a speech to South Korea's legislative body in which Trump vowed the United States will defend itself and its allies against Pyongyang's nuclear threats.
“All responsible nations must join forces to isolate the brutal regime,” Trump said. “You cannot support, you cannot supply, you cannot accept.”
Trump did seem to extend an olive branch to the dictator in a recent tweet.
“I try so hard to be his friend - and maybe someday that will happen!” Trump wrote.
Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me "old," when I would NEVER call him "short and fat?" Oh well, I try so… https://t.co/PmsWNkH4r4— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1510447681.0
(H/T: The Hill)