He started it.
That’s how White House counselor Kellyanne Conway defended President Trump’s tweet calling North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “short and fat” on the grounds that the dictator “insulted him first.”
In the midst of a 13-day trip to Asia, Trump tweeted, “Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me ‘old,’ when I would NEVER call him ‘short and fat?’ Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend – and maybe someday that will happen!”
Conway was pressed during an interview Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” on whether the name calling was helpful, and offered up the he-did-it-first defense.
“I think that that was the President just responding the way he does to somebody who insulted him first,” she said.
North Korea’s foreign ministry had issued a statement referring to Trump as a “dotard,” their translation of a Korean term for a crazy old person.
“What’s helpful in full context is a 13-day trip where the President is very focused on global security and combating terrorism and most importantly, containing a nuclearized North Korea,” Conway said. “It’s been an incredibly successful and inspiring trip for those who care about North Korea not being nuclearized.”