Friday 23 February 2018

Trump: world will be a safer place because of dad

He'll do what it takes to deal with Kim Jong-un

Niamn Horan with Eric Trump at Doonbeg
Niamn Horan with Eric Trump at Doonbeg
Niamh Horan

Niamh Horan

Eric Trump, son of the US President Donald Trump, says his father is the man to show "real leadership" on North Korea. In a wide-ranging interview with the Sunday Independent, Eric Trump said of his father: "I sleep well at night knowing he is the person who is making the decisions. I sleep safely at night knowing that he is in charge."

The US president's son also said his father would not risk "the safety... of the world for a lunatic who is in power".

Eric Trump was speaking hours before North Korea leader Kim Jong-un oversaw a parade of what appeared to be new intercontinental ballistic and submarine-based missiles on the 105th anniversary of the birth of the country's founding father, Kim Il-sung.

Eric Trump said the US president "will do what it takes" to ensure the safety of the US and the world. Speaking about his father's role as commander-in-chief, Mr Trump said: "I think the world will be a safer place because of him because he will actually show real leadership and he will take action when action needs to be taken. When others haven't been willing to in the past."

On Friday, China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi warned that "conflict could break out at any moment", adding that if war occurred, there could be no winner. Adding to Chinese unease, President Trump said last Thursday that "the problem of North Korea" would be "taken care of". He also tweeted: "If China decides to help, that would be great. If not, we will solve the problem without them! U.S.A."

Eric Trump said President Trump would resolve the North Korea issue: "Yes I think he will. Quite frankly, I don't think anybody tried to solve the problem [in the past] and one thing I can say, and who knows what happens - again, I have nothing to do with the administration, I don't discuss these things with the administration, no different than I don't discuss business with him - but he is very firm and he will not jeopardise the safety of the United States or the rest of the world for a lunatic who is in power. And he will do what it takes. He will make the right decision and we won't be prodded and he won't be intimidated and he will show leadership," he said.

Yesterday's parade in North Korea came amid growing international concern that the country may be preparing a sixth nuclear test or major missile launch.

Last Friday, US officials were reported to have said that President Trump's advisers discussed a range of ideas to get North Korea to abandon its nuclear programme. US officials said the administration settled on a policy to emphasise increasing pressure on Pyongyang with the help of China, North Korea's only major ally, instead of military options or trying to overthrow Kim Jong-un's regime.

Meanwhile, in his most comprehensive interview since Donald Trump came into power, Eric Trump also spoke in defence of his father against U2 singer Bono's claims that the president had run away with the American Dream: "I have nothing against Bono," he said, "I just think that these celebrities are so detached from the reality and the realities of the world."

Speaking at the Trump International Golf Links and Hotel in Doonbeg, Co Clare, Mr Trump also addressed the backlash which golfer Rory McIlroy received from online critics following a game of golf with his father: "Rory is a great guy and an incredible athlete. And, hey, if you played with Hillary [Clinton] and she had won, then he would have gotten backlash for that as well. That's the nature of politics. It is what it is. But do you know what the great thing is? He [my father] is not a politician so it doesn't matter - they can still go out and have a fun time together." He said: "No matter what side it is with, you are always going to get backlash."

Sunday Independent

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