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"He's the head of a country - and I mean he is the strong head, don't let anyone think anything different".

President Donald Trump held an impromptu interview and gaggle on the White House north lawn Friday. In one particularly terrible sound byte, the president said that Kim is a "strong head" and admired the way that the - I repeat - dictator commands "his people". But speaking to reporters shortly after his Fox appearance, the president insisted he made the comment in jest.

In a video message Friday defending the nuclear agreement, Trump said the US must seize the chance to avert nuclear conflict "at all costs".

"You don't understand sarcasm", he said to the press, after the interview.

Trump has been criticized for defending the murderous dictator following their historic summit in Singapore.

According to human rights watchdog Amnesty International, North Korea has imprisoned an estimated 120,000 people based on political grounds across four separate camps dedicated to imprisoning political dissidents.

Trump faced questions on immigration, North Korea and the FBI's Inspector General report, which he says "totally exonerates" him and proves "there was no collusion" and "no obstruction". "He was insane, a real nut job", Trump said, according to the Times. At various points, Trump described Kim as "a strong guy" with "a very good personality" who is "very strategic" and "very impressive".

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"I want my people to do the same", Trump said, before joking about the fate of several North Korean generals.

South Korea was left reeling this week after Trump announced following his summit with Kim that the exercises, which have taken place routinely for years on the Korean Peninsula, would stop.

"He had them fired, at least, fired may be a nice word", told a reporter on Fox News.

"I can't speak to that", he replied.

"I've had so many people, so many parents, so many fathers and daughters and sons asking me", Trump told Doocy.

Trump also said meeting with Kim was important.

But the other aspect of the images that should be scrutinized is how we're seeing them, aired as part of a North Korea propaganda TV special. So I know you were trying to give him a compliment, but that was really more of an insult. "I hated them from the day I came in". Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., would prevent Trump from withdrawing troops from South Korea unless the secretary of defense says it's in the interest of national security and that it would not undermine the security of allies in the region.

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