Robert Zubrin, at Ricochet, talks Foreign Policy (and Ethics) with the great man.
[D]id you hear the latest news? North Korea now says it has nuclear missiles that could hit the United States. What should we do about it?â€
Trump shrugged. â€œJust let me handle things.â€
This took me aback. â€œWhat? How?â€
The billionaire looked me in the eyes and pointed his finger at my nose. â€œListen, kid. Success in life is about knowing people. If you want to be the top guy, you got to know the top people. I know the top guy over there. So everybody should just stop acting like a bunch of [expletive, plural] and relax. I got it covered.â€
Now I was really amazed. â€œYou know the top guy in North Korea?â€ I stammered. â€œYou know Kim Jong-un?â€
â€œYeah, sure, I know Kim.â€ Trump smiled. â€œI built him a grand casino and strip joint in Pyongyang. Heâ€™s a swell guy, top drawer. Whenever we had a problem, heâ€™d take care of it, so quick, you wouldnâ€™t believe it. A bunch of squatters wouldnâ€™t get out of their lousy little shacks so we could build a parking lot; bang, squash, pave, and in 24 hours flat, youâ€™ve got the most beautiful parking lot you ever saw. When Iâ€™m President, thatâ€™s how we are going to do things here. No more of this go-to-court crap.â€
I hadnâ€™t realized that there was a Trump grand casino and strip club in Pyongyang, and wanted to know more. â€œWhatâ€™s the casino like?â€
â€œItâ€™s wonderful, itâ€™s magnificent, itâ€™s yuge!â€ said Trump, spreading his arms expansively.â€œThe carpets are all panda skins, the furniture is all made of ivory, the walls are solid gold, the dining room silverware is platinum, and the glasses are made from diamonds, freshly dug from the most exclusive mines in Africa. The menu is unmatched: Crimean caviar, Bolivian cocaine, Siberian tiger hearts, Pacific bottlenose dolphin liver pate, elephant balls. And the broads they got, wow. Top of the line, kid, top of the line. Not just a bunch of cute little oriental chicks like you might find in a lot of places out there, but top drawer Russian blonde bombshells chosen for us by Putin himself. And, let me tell you, my friend, Vlad really knows how to choose them.â€
I nodded. â€œYes, you mentioned in one of the debates that you and Putin are good friends.â€
â€œSure,â€ said Trump, smiling wickedly. â€œIf you are looking for a good time in Moscow, heâ€™s definitely the man to see.â€
â€œYet,â€ I said, â€œPutin is also the guy whose bombs are stampeding our way all those Muslim refugees that you are making such a fuss about. Doesnâ€™t that bother you?â€
Trump did a double take, looked at me like I had just revealed myself to be a born-yesterday idiot, then grinned knowingly. â€œYouâ€™re kidding, right? Anyway, heâ€™s got this Olympic gymnast himself, and man, she is hot. The things she can do, you wouldnâ€™t believe it. In all my travels, I have never known anyone like her.â€
The Donald closed his eyes, as if recalling a blissful memory, but my head was spinning. â€œI beg your pardon. Are you sayingâ€¦?â€
Trump opened his eyes and held up his hand like a policeman telling a car to stop. â€œSorry, I misspoke,â€ he said. â€œI didnâ€™t mean to insult anyone. I should not have said I have never known anyone like her. I should have said â€˜rarely.â€™ Not â€˜never,â€™ but â€˜rarely.â€™ There was also this nice piece of work who was married to the French president for a while, and maybe several others, whose names escape me at the moment. I love women, you know, and Iâ€™m really looking forward to meeting more of the worldâ€™s top broads once Iâ€™m President.â€ Trump suddenly looked puzzled. â€œI donâ€™t know what Iâ€™m going to do with Merkel, though. I mean really, you call that a face? What do the krauts see in her? I just donâ€™t get it.â€ He shook his head.
I decided to change the subject. â€œReturning to your friendship with Kimâ€¦â€
â€œYes, great guy,â€ Trump nodded appreciatively. â€œI love his hairstyle. We use the same hairdresser, you know.â€ He playfully fluffed his hair up with his right hand.
â€œI see,â€ said I. â€œBut arenâ€™t you at all concerned about his ethics?â€
Trump frowned. â€œEthics? Whatâ€™s that?â€ Again he turned to me closely and pointed his finger in my face for emphasis. â€œListen kid, in this world, thereâ€™s no such thing as right and wrong; there is just winning and losing. Kimâ€™s a winner. I like that. Heâ€™s a real boss who knows what he is doing. You donâ€™t see any North Korean companies leaving to set up their factories in Mexico, do you?â€
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