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South Korean Leader Finds The One Word That Can Make Trump Smile

Jack Davis

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'...the United States has responded...'

It only took one word Thursday for South Korean President Moon Jae-In to endear himself to President Donald Trump.

Moon met with Trump at the United Nations in a one-on-one meeting and later in a joint meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to discuss the issue of North Korea’s missile tests.

Moon, who took office this spring seeking to develop a closer relationship with North Korea, has had several policy differences with Trump in regard to dealing with North Korea.

But on Thursday, Moon managed to break whatever ice might have been in their relationship as he spoke to the media.

“Over the years, North Korea has continued to make provocations, and this is extremely deplorable and this has angered both me and our people. But the United States has responded firmly and in a very good way, and because of this I also believe that we have very close coordination between Korea and the United States. And because of this, I’m very satisfied,” Moon said.

After Moon was finished, a smiling Trump then took over.

“Well, thank ou very much. And I’m very happy that you used to the word ‘deplorable. I was very interested in that word,” Trump said to laughter.

“I didn’t tell them — I promise I did not tell them to use that word. That’s been a very lucky word for me and many millions of people,” Trump said, referencing Hillary Clinton’s use of the word as a label for Trump’s supporters.

Later in the day, Moon also praised Trump for his actions to put the maximum amount of pressure possible on North Korea.


“President Trump just talked about the executive order, through which the U.S. is going to be implementing sanctions against the DPRK,” he said, using the acronym for North Korea’s official name — the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

“That was a very major announcement made by China to take actions on the DPRK. I am very confident that such moves will contribute to complete denuclearization of DPRK. In this, I’d like to extend my appreciation to President Trump, and I’d like to say that Korea will closely coordinate with the United States on this matter,” he said.

Abe, whose nation is on the front lines on North Korea’s testing program, also praised Trump.

“In the last three weeks, two times North Korea launched ballistic missiles — two times — going over Japan. And they conducted six nuclear tests, and the scale of the test was beyond the scale of Hiroshima bombs, more than 10 times the scale of the nuclear tests; it was ten times more. This is an intolerable, outrageous act,” he said.

“Thanks to Donald’s leadership, we now have this summit meeting Japan, the U.S., and Korea. So our unity and solidarity — the strength thereof that could be presented to North Korea — this meeting is indeed quite significant. I’d like to thank Donald’s leadership,” he added.