said this week that he wouldn’t have allowed the CIA to recruit Kim Jong Un’s family members as informants to spy on the North Korean dictator. The pronouncement marked the latest instance in which the president has appeared to side with a foreign adversary over the U.S. intelligence community.

Speaking to reporters at the White House on Tuesday, Trump responded to reports that Kim’s estranged half-brother, Kim Jong Nam, had been working with the CIA prior to in February 2017. Trump claimed he knew nothing about the allegations, but said such spying would not have happened on his watch.

“I know this: that the relationship [with Kim] is such that that wouldn’t happen under my auspices,” Trump said, .

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