“I can’t tell you exactly,” Trump told reporters at the White House. “Yes, I do have a very good idea, but I can’t talk about it now. I just wish him well.” Trump, who has met Kim three times and claims to have developed a personal rapport, suggested that all would be revealed soon. “I hope he’s fine. I do know how he’s doing, relatively speaking. We will see – you’ll probably be hearing in the not too distant future.”
Trump’s ambiguity may have been informed by diplomatic caution or by the simple fact that, like everyone beyond Kim’s inner circle of advisers, he has no idea. The secrecy that dictates every official pronouncement emanating from North Korea makes it virtually impossible to construct a definitive account of the state of its leadership, including the health of members of the Kim dynasty.