Trump defends his close relationship with Putin and Kim Jong Un: 'I like him and he likes me'

  • Trump praises Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
  • “I got along great with President Putin. I liked him, he liked me,” Trump told Fox News.
  • His comments come as Biden threatens sanctions over the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
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Trump has defended his close personal relationship with the leaders of Russia and North Korea, telling Fox News that his ties with them as president were “a good thing and not a bad thing.”

Last week the Biden administration released intelligence suggesting that Russia obtained Trump campaign data in 2016, raising further questions about ties between Trump, his associates, and Moscow.

The White House this week also threatened sanctions against Russia if opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who was poisoned with Novichok last year, dies in prison.

However, the former president used an hour-long interview with Sean Hannity on Fox News to dismiss all criticisms of his closeness to Russia and its leader.

Of his warm personal relationship with the Russian leader, he told Hannity that: “I got along great with President Putin. I liked him, he liked me. That’s a good thing, not a bad thing.”

Human rights groups this month warned that North Korea faces imminent famine under the leadership of dictator Kim Jong Un.

However, Trump used his interview with Hannity to praise him, citing their personal correspondence together.

“When I came in President Obama said… ‘the biggest problem we have is North Korea. There’s going to be a war’. There was no war, we got along great,” he told Hannity.

He added: “[Kim Jong Un] writes me letters. I like him, he likes me. There’s nothing wrong with that.”

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