After Praising Kim, Trump Calls Media “Country’s Biggest Enemy”

Taking cues from one of the world’s most notorious dictators.

Michael Candelori/ZUMA

Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters.

Back in Washington following the Singapore summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, President Donald Trump on Wednesday blasted American media as “fools” and the country’s “biggest threat.” The president also accused networks of trying to undercut the agreement that came out of the high-stakes meeting.

The tweet comes amid mounting confusion over what exactly the Singapore summit did, or did not, achieve. Trump, unsurprisingly, has touted the meeting as an unequivocal victory—he hailed the meeting as “truly amazing” and claimed the world would be “very impressed” with its denuclearization plan. But foreign policy experts and Democratic lawmakers have criticized the joint document signed by both leaders as exceedingly vague and lacking in firm commitments, timetables, and precise definitions of what denuclearization will look like. Even Republicans have called for caution, expressing uncertainty over what Trump accomplished by meeting with one of the world’s most notorious dictators.

The president’s press conference shortly after the summit, in which he downplayed Kim’s devastating human rights record and discussed the real estate potential in North Korea, only added to the confusion.

Many contrasted Trump’s attack on the press Wednesday morning with his effusive praise for Kim in recent days. “Smart,” “loves his people,” and “very talented” are just a few of the compliments Trump has lavished on the North Korean leader since the meeting concluded. About his own citizens, the president wrote this:

We've never been very good at being conservative.

And usually, that serves us well in doing the ambitious, hard-hitting journalism that you turn to Mother Jones for. But it also means we can't afford to come up short when it comes to scratching together the funds it takes to keep our team firing on all cylinders, and the truth is, we finished our budgeting cycle on June 30 about $100,000 short of our online goal.

This is no time to come up short. It's time to fight like hell, as our namesake would tell us to do, for a democracy where minority rule cannot impose an extreme agenda, where facts matter, and where accountability has a chance at the polls and in the press. If you value our reporting and you can right now, please help us dig out of the $100,000 hole we're starting our new budgeting cycle in with an always-needed and always-appreciated donation today.

payment methods

We've never been very good at being conservative.

And usually, that serves us well in doing the ambitious, hard-hitting journalism that you turn to Mother Jones for. But it also means we can't afford to come up short when it comes to scratching together the funds it takes to keep our team firing on all cylinders, and the truth is, we finished our budgeting cycle on June 30 about $100,000 short of our online goal.

This is no time to come up short. It's time to fight like hell, as our namesake would tell us to do, for a democracy where minority rule cannot impose an extreme agenda, where facts matter, and where accountability has a chance at the polls and in the press. If you value our reporting and you can right now, please help us dig out of the $100,000 hole we're starting our new budgeting cycle in with an always-needed and always-appreciated donation today.

payment methods

We Recommend

Latest

Sign up for our free newsletter

Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily to have our top stories delivered directly to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.

Subscribe

Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.

Donate