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OK to meet with dictators if it’s good for US: Trump

Published : Thursday, 14 November, 2019 at 12:00 AM  Count : 668

NEW YORK, Nov 13: President Trump on Tuesday said he's willing to meet with any foreign leader, including dictators, if doing so would be useful for the United States.
"When I meet with the leaders of countries as they come in - kings, and queens and prime ministers, and presidents and dictators - I meet them all," Trump said in a speech at the New York Economic Club.
"Anybody wants to come in," he added. "Dictators, it's OK. Come on in. Whatever's good for the United States. We want to help our people."
Trump was touting the strength of the US economy in a speech to business executives in New York and said the rest of the world wants to get its share.
"This is where the action is. When I meet leaders of countries as they come in -- kings and queens and prime ministers and presidents and dictators -- I meet them all," he said.
The president's visits with dictators, as well as his praise of them, has proved controversial in the past. He referred to North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un as a "friend" in August, downplaying the extent to which the country was engaging in weapons testing.
Trump has also said that Saddam Hussein "did well" at killing terrorists at a campaign rally. "We would be so much better off," Trump said, if Muammar Gaddafi was in charge of Libya during the Republican presidential debates. He also retweeted a quote from Benito Mussolini and said it was okay because "it's a very interesting quote."
Previous presidents including Barack Obama met with dictators such as Ral Castro, but Trump has stood out in his occasional praise of specifical dictatorial leaders.    -AFP

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