'He's a pretty smart cookie' - Donald Trump says he'd be 'honoured' to meet Kim Jong Un

US President Donald Trump has had to full a U-turn after saying he'd be up for meeting North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

"People are saying is he insane? I have no idea, obviously he is a pretty smart cookie," Mr Trump says.

He's talking about Kim Jong Un, the same guy widely accused of human rights abuses, and implicated in the assassination of his own half-brother, the leader of the so called rogue nation.

And it's not the only comments he's made this week that will have his staff feeling uncomfortable.

He also announced in a CBS interview he'd be "honoured" to meet the North Korean dictator "under the right circumstances".

White House officials have shut it down saying "It's clear those circumstances are not right, right now."

But Mr Trump's been strong on "bromantic" praise for authoritarian leaders; Vladimir Putin is a case in point.

"If he says great things about me I am going to say great things about him."

In the interview President Trump seemed to be in his own hundred days  - or should that be daze.

There was this alternative history lesson; Mr Trump musing on the 7th US President Andrew Jackson.

"He was a very tough person but he had a big heart and he was really angry that he saw what was happening with regard to the Civil War" Mr Trump said.

Jackson, a committed slave owner, died 16 years before the American Civil War began in 1861.

"George W Bush said the reason the oval office was round is that there are no corners you can hide in. That is truth to that; there are certainly no corners and a certain openness but nobody out there" the President also said.

He seemingly missed the implication the buck stops with him, instead confirming the oval office is oval in shape.

After that presidential mike drop it was back to the big decisions, in the office that is by all accounts oval.