Fox News Host: North Korea's Kim Jong Un 'Probably Doesn’t Love Being The Guy Who Has To Murder His People All Day Long'

Fox News host and friend of President Donald Trump Pete Hegseth said North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un “probably doesn’t love being the guy who has to murder his people all day long,” during a Wednesday interview on Fox & Friends, the president’s favorite morning show.

Hegseth, who Trump considered to run United States Department of Veteran Affairs, explained that Kim Jong Un agreed to meet with Trump because of sanctions but also because he probably wanted a “picture with the American president.” ”There’s probably a point where the guy who wants to meet with Dennis Rodman and loves NBA basketball and loves American pop culture” no longer wants to have to murder people and “probably wants some normalization,” he said.

It’s difficult to estimate how many of the estimated 25 million people living in North Korea have been killed during Kim’s reign, but hundreds of thousands are thought to be kept in a number of concentration camps under torturous and often deadly conditions. Some reports say that Kim has personally ordered hundreds dead since he rose to power

Trump is set to hold a historic summit with Kim in Singapore this June, but the president has cast doubt on whether the official meeting will actually take place. "There's a very substantial chance that it won't work out," Trump said in the Oval Office during a meeting with South Korean president Moon Jae-in Tuesday. "That doesn't mean that it won't work out over a period of time, but it may not work out for June 12."

Still, Trump told reporters that he believed Kim did want to denuclearize and that he believed it was a recent trip to China that had changed the tone around negotiations. "I think things changed after that meeting [with Chinese president Xi Jinping] and I can't say I'm happy about it," Trump said.

The White House Communications Agency recently came under scrutiny for minting a commemorative “challenge coin” with the silhouettes of Trump and Kim looking at each other. While challenge coins are a tradition that date back to 2003, the idea of both leaders on the coin upsets some, as does the coin’s reference to Kim as “Supreme Leader.”

"I urge the White House to take Kim off the coin," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer tweeted Tuesday. "Challenge coins are a time honored tradition and certainly appropriate in this situation, but Kim Jong Un's face has no place on this coin. He is a brutal dictator and something like the Peace House would be much more appropriate."

GettyImages-957160192 People watch a screen showing images of South Korea's president Moon Jae-in, US president Donald Trump, China's president Xi Jinping, and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un at a railway station in Seoul on May 11, 2018. KIM SUE-HAN/AFP/Getty Images

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