President TrumpDonald TrumpKinzinger says Trump 'winning' because so many Republicans 'have remained silent' Our remote warfare counterterrorism strategy is more risk than reward Far-right rally draws small crowd, large police presence at Capitol MORE on Friday boasted about his friendly relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnSatellite photos indicate North Korea expanding uranium enrichment The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - What do Manchin and Sinema want? North Korea says recent missiles were test of 'railway-borne' system MORE, arguing it is a positive development for foreign policy efforts.
"You have a man that was so happy to see me. That’s a good thing, not a bad thing," Trump told reporters as he departed the White House for fundraisers in Ohio and Wisconsin.
"You have a man that doesn’t smile a lot, but when he saw me, he smiled. He was happy," he continued. "You have a man that when I came into office all he was doing before was testing nuclear weapons … and now he’s not doing it."
Trump often touts his personal relationship with the North Korean strongman, who has been accused of starving and torturing his own people, among other human rights violations.
The two men have held two face-to-face summits over the past year, and last month Trump made history by becoming the first sitting U.S. president to cross into North Korea following a meeting at the Demilitarized Zone.
The Trump administration is pushing for Kim to abandon his nuclear arsenal, but thus far the North Korean leader has not taken any steps toward doing so. The country restarted ballistic missile tests earlier this year for the first time since 2017, prompting rebukes from White House officials and U.S. allies.
Trump has downplayed the fresh tests, insisting that he's in "no rush" to establish a denuclearization deal.