Trump on North Korea: 'I Don't Want to Telegraph What I'm Doing'

"This gentleman" refers to North Korea leader Kim Jong-un.

Kiselyov's words come in the wake of an April 6 U.S. missile strike on Syria, a Russian ally, according to The Hill. Article II, Section II puts the president as commander-in-chief of the USA armed forces. But evidence has shown otherwise, especially in the last few years since China has shown disgust with Kim Jong Un's constant nuclear tests.

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In the latest sign of the Kremlin's abrupt about-face on its erstwhile American hero, Kiselyov pronounced Trump "more dangerous" than his North Korean counterpart. He did acknowledge that Kiselyov's "position is close, but not every time".

The Trump Administration has warned Kim Jong-un not to launch anymore test ICBMs. "The Kim Jong-un regime is afraid of me", the candidate said on his campaign trail in Daegu, 302 kilometers southeast of Seoul. "He doesn't plan to attack anyone just for the sake of it", said Kiselyov, who was a cheerleader for state TV's strong anti-American tone under the Obama administration and once said Moscow could turn the United States into radioactive ash.

According to Kiselyov, there is some overlap between the behavior and personality of the two world leaders.

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Polls suggest state TV's U-turn over Trump has filtered through to the public, most of whom get their news from TV. A survey conducted by the state-run pollster VTsIOM released on Monday (Tuesday NZT) found that 39 per cent of Russians hold a negative opinion of Trump, versus only seven per cent in March. Do you remember when he told us that this agreement would be good for the USA and the entire world?

Since then, Channel One and other Russian Federation media firms have become increasingly critical of the US president.

Like many others, it bought into Trump's pre-election "America First" rhetoric.

The Kremlin realizes however, those same officials say, that the process will be harder and take longer than originally thought and the result is likely to be more limited in scope. "You look at different things over the years with President [Barack] Obama". But Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has emphasized that it would be both unwise - and illegal, under global law - for the United States to use unilateral force against Pyongyang.

"I don't want to telegraph what I'm doing, or what I'm thinking", Trump said in an interview with Fox News Tuesday regarding US action toward North Korea's nuclear program.

  • Elsie Buchanan