Texas GOP Senator Rebukes Trump's Praise of Kim Jong-un: 'I Have No Earthly Idea' if He Is 'Talented'
President Donald Trump was brimming with praise for the North Korea's totalitarian dictator Kim Jong-un, and the Republican Party is having trouble stomaching this drastic shift toward the country.
Trump said Kim is “very talented” and “very smart and a good negotiator,” along with calling Kim's human rights abusing regime "tough."
"My meeting with Chairman Kim was honest, direct and productive,” the president said, calling the summit a "tremendous 24 hours."
In an example of the discomfort Trump's own party feels about the summit, Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) was visibly awkward during an exchange with CNN senior congressional correspondent Manu Raju.
Cornyn on whether Kim is "very talented:" "I have no earthly idea." https://t.co/uRxRaDodqW https://t.co/tSzvYCsLbx— Manu Raju (@Manu Raju) 1528821711
In a CNN video, Cornyn is asked about whether Kim is "very talented" as Trump claims.
"I have no earthly idea," Cornyn responds with a forced smile before walking away from the outstretched microphone.