The Washington Post reported details of a private telephone conversation between US President Donald Trump and his Philippine counterpart Rodrigo Duterte. Referring to the transcript of the conversation Trump labeled North Korean leader Kim Jong-un a “madman with nuclear weapons.”
The conversation between Trump and Duterte was held on April 29. According to the Washington Post, the main topic of discussion was the situation around the DPRK.
According to the publication, Trump sought Duterte’s input on whether Kim is “stable or not stable” and expressed some satisfaction in North Korea’s recent failed missile tests, noting that “all his rockets are crashing. That’s the good news,” according to a transcript of the conversation made by the Philippines government on May 2 and obtained Tuesday by The Washington Post.To that, Duterte allegedly said that Kim Jong-un who is “playing with his bombs, his toys,” and “his mind is not working well and he just might go crazy one moment.”
That impelled Trump to point out that the United States has “a lot of firepower over there,” including “two nuclear submarines” sent by the Pentagon to the region last month.
Trump also said, “We can’t let a madman with nuclear weapons let on the loose like that. We have a lot of firepower, more than he has, times 20 — but we don’t want to use it.”
A senior Trump administration official acknowledged that the transcript is accurate but declined to speak on the record about “a leaked document from a foreign government.” The Post obtained the document from a person who asked not to be identified because the transcript, labeled by the Philippines government as “confidential,” is not intended for public release, The Washington Post wrote.
Source: Sputnik News