Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), during an interview with Fox News’s host Jeanine Pirro on Saturday, April 25, said he believes that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is dead or incapacitated.
“Well, it’s a closed society, I don’t know anything directly,” Graham said. “But I’d be shocked if he’s not dead or in some incapacitated state because you don’t let rumors like this go forever or go unanswered in a closed society, which is really a cult, not a country, called North Korea.”
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“So I pretty well believe he is dead or incapacitated,” Graham continued. “And I hope the long-suffering North Korean people will get some relief if he is dead, and President Trump’s willing to do business with North Korea in a win-win fashion. So, if this guy is dead, I hope the next person who takes over will work with President Trump to make North Korea a better place for everybody.” Graham added.
Reports emerged earlier this week that Kim was gravely ill following cardiovascular surgery, although that has since been disputed.
President Trump on Thursday downplayed reports that Kim was seriously ill, saying that he thought the report was “incorrect.”
“I’m hearing they used old documents,” President Trump said when asked about Kim during the White House’s daily CCP Virus press briefing. “I hear the report was an incorrect report. I hope it was an incorrect report.”
Meanwhile, China had dispatched a team that included medical experts to North Korea following conflicting reports about Kim’s health. The Chinese Communist Party’s International Liaison Department departed for North Korea on Thursday, reported Reuters.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, when asked about Kim’s health on Fox News said, “I don’t have anything I can share with you tonight, but the American people should know we’re watching the situation very keenly.”