May 04, 2017

President Trump’s Affection For Despots

Featuring Ilan Goldenberg

Source: NPR

Journalist Jane Clayson

President Trump continues to praise strongmen and dictators across the globe, and his embrace of these despots sets off alarm bells at home and abroad.

President Trump calls North Korea’s Kim Jong-un a “smart cookie.” And is rolling out the White House welcome mat to the Philippines’ firebrand leader Rodrigo Duterte. Mr. Trump says Vladimir Putin is a strong leader. Heaping praise on strongmen is not what we've come to expect to hear from the leader of the free world. But this is a different kind of president with his own way of doing business. This hour On Point, Mr. Trump and the despots.

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  • Ilan Goldenberg

    Former Senior Fellow and Director, Middle East Security Program

    Ilan Goldenberg is the former Senior Fellow and Director of the Middle East Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. He is a foreign policy and defense expe...