North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un reappeared at a public event in the city of Sunchon on Friday, disproving reports that the Supreme Leader had been in a medical coma or had died in recent days.
Kim was opening a fertilizer plant in the North Korean city.
NEW: Kim Jong Un attended the opening of a fertilizer factory on May 1, in his first public appearance in weeks. – KCNA pic.twitter.com/k2c6t6nB40
— Norbert Elekes (@NorbertElekes) May 2, 2020
Reports linked to the intelligence community have been claiming the nation’s Supreme Leader is either dead or medically incapable for the last few days. Claims were made that Kim was debilitated after a heart procedure gone wrong, a report that was magnified by the coronavirus epidemic. North Korea is making fantastical claims about the severity of the epidemic in the country, only admitting that the disease had spread there in late March.
President Donald Trump refused to believe the initial rumors about Kim’s impending death, suggesting he had been shown information that cast doubt upon such claims.
#WATCH: Pres. Trump on Kim Jong Un: “I wish him very, ya know, good luck…They came out with very serious medical reports; nobody’s confirmed that…When CNN comes out with a report, I don't put much credence in it." pic.twitter.com/sQsORCZ67N
— Bobby Dupree (@bobbydupree) April 21, 2020
It may be possible that the dictator was avoiding appearing in public to prevent contracting the disease. Kim is broadly thought to be in poor health, and has gone for considerable periods without appearing in public for causes related to his health.
Fake and sensational reports involving North Korea surface quite often, usually traced to anonymous and unnamed sources.
NEW: Joe Biden Bashes Incoming Trump Administration In Leaked 2016 Call to President of Ukraine
Joe Biden speaks in critical and partisan terms of the incoming Trump administration in a new leaked call to the President of Ukraine unveiled Wednesday.
In the call, conducted in November 2016 a week after then-candidate Trump’s election victory, Biden bashes the incoming administration to the foreign leader, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Biden assails the Trump transition team as incompetent, turning down the idea of visiting the country before the January transition before Trump is “fully briefed” on matters related to Ukraine.
In a second call, Biden asks for Poroshenko to describe his conversations with incoming President Trump, going to to speak of Trump in more dismissive terms. He describes Trump as a “dog who caught the car, and who doesn’t know what to do.” Not quite a “dog-faced pony soldier,” but definitely not an appropriate way for an outgoing vice president to describe an incoming president to a foreign leader.
A Ukrainian comedian originally released the calls, suggesting questionable operational security within the conversations of Joe Biden and Poroshenko. Biden has a lengthy history of ethical questions regarding his relationship with Ukraine, including looking the other way as his son Hunter secured an extremely lucrative position at a Ukrainian oil company without any experience whatsoever in the energy industry.
Biden himself would later go on to demand the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor who was investigating corruption allegations against the younger Biden, a clear conflict of interest Biden merely dismissed when he spoke openly of securing the prosecutor’s firing at a Council on Foreign Relations public event.
This is a totally inappropriate way for a Vice President to speak to a foreign leader, and the public should be concerned about how Biden plans to conduct diplomacy should he be elected President.
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