President Trump called North Korean leader Kim Jong-un a "sick puppy"
and said "with Trump as your president, we're going to be celebrating Merry Christmas again."
It was a wild ride that lasted for the better part of an hour.
"I will tell you this in a non-braggadocios way," Trump said. "There has never been a 10-month president who has accomplished what we have accomplished. That I can tell you."
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Trump Renews Barb at North Korean Leader; Russia Accuses U.S. of Provocation"The Chinese envoy, who just returned from North Korea, seems to have had no impact on Little Rocket Man,"
Trump said in a Twitter post, one day after speaking with Chinese President Chinese President Xi Jinping by telephone and reiterating his call for Beijing to use its leverage against North Korea.
The U.S. president and the North Korean leader have traded personal insults in recent weeks. In a speech in Missouri on Wednesday night, Trump referred to "Little Rocket Man ... He is a sick puppy."
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, in some of his most robust comments on the subject to date, said on Thursday the way the United States was handling the situation was dangerously provocative, even as Moscow also condemned North Korea's test.
Lavrov pointed to joint U.S.-South Korean military exercises planned for December and accused the United States of trying to provoke Kim into "flying off the handle" over his missile program to hand Washington a pretext to destroy his country.
He also flatly rejected a U.S. call to cut ties with Pyongyang over its nuclear and ballistic missile program, calling U.S. policy towards North Korea deeply flawed.
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