Fox News host and Donald Trump advocate Tucker Carlson has come up with a bizarre defence for the president's ongoing friendship with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
Carlson, who reportedly went to North Korea with Trump instead of the president's national security advisor John Bolton, claimed that it was OK for Trump to have struck up this friendship with Kim, as most leaders of foreign countries are 'responsible for killing people'.
North Korea - which is well known for breaching a number of human rights violations on its own people, has active prison camps in its own country and lives under a strict dictatorship - has been more than accommodating to the Trump administration during their visit to the secretive Asian nation.
During a phone call to Fox and Friends on Sunday, Carlson lamented to North Korean regime, labelling them 'monstrous' and 'Stalinist', but caveated that by saying what happens under their rule isn't too dissimilar to other nations.
There’s no defending the North Korean regime, which is a monstrous regime, it’s the last really Stalinist regime in the world. It’s a disgusting place.
On the other hand, you know, you got to be honest about what it means to lead a country, it means killing people. Not on the scale that the North Koreans do, but a lot of countries commit atrocities, including a number that we’re closely allied with.
I'm not a relativist or anything but it is important to be honest about that. It's not necessarily a choice between the evil people and the really great people, it's a choice, most of the time between the bad people and the worse people. That's just kind of the nature of life.
I do think that's how the president sees it. He’s, you know, far less sentimental about this stuff, and maybe, I think more realistic about him. I don't agree with everything that Trump says but that is one thing I do agree with.
At the end of the day, you have to do what is good for the United States and you have to deal with bad people in order to help your country.
Carlson's almost ignorant and unsympathetic problems of people who live under cruel regimes the world over, including the United States, have seen him on the end of a widespread backlash on Twitter.