'It Really Is Topsy-Turvy Land': Fox News' Shep Smith Dismantles Trump's 'Absurd' Coddling of Dictators

President Donald Trump's foreign policy is not just baffling to American allies — it's causing widespread confusion at home as well.

"It really is topsy-turvy land," said Fox News host Shep Smith on Thursday while discussing Trump's most recent press conference with Axios reporter Alayna Treene.

During the event with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Trump had said he plans to invite North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to the White House if their upcoming summit in Singapore goes well.

"For clarity, Kim Jong-un murdered his brother. That's just the beginning. Kim Jong-un has had generations of families locked up for things granddad did," Smith said. "We're talking about him having a visit to the White House. It is hard to wrap your head around."

He continued: "You want to make things better on the Korean peninsula? Of course. ... But I don't want to know if we need to be friends with a murderer. I'm not sure if it's in the cards."

At the same time, Smith pointed out, Trump is treating American allies terribly. On the one hand, he's declared Canada a national security threat to justify slapping tariffs on its goods. On the other, the Commerce Department just announced a deal to begin trading again with the Chinese telecommunications company ZTE, which the military community believes is an actual national security threat.

"What we see with the administration, things happen quickly and Trump thinks on his feet," Treene said. "But the long game isn't always in play."

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