President Donald Trump told Reuters that war is a distinct possibility with North Korea.

Raw Story reports:

There is a chance that we could end up having a major, major conflict with North Korea. Absolutely,” Trump told Reuters in an Oval Office interview ahead of his 100th day in office on Saturday.

That is just the sort of message you want to send to an unstable, insane dictator with apocalyptic visions of a nuclear holocaust.

For his part, Trump says he hopes nuclear war and widespread death and destruction will not be necessary.

“We’d love to solve things diplomatically but it’s very difficult,” he said.

Trump lavished praise on Chinese President Xi Jinping for Chinese assistance in trying to rein in North Korea. The two leaders met in Florida earlier this month.

“I believe he is trying very hard. He certainly doesn’t want to see turmoil and death. He doesn’t want to see it. He is a good man. He is a very good man and I got to know him very well.

No word on whether he looked into the Chinese president’s eyes and got a sense of his soul.

Trump also tried to find common ground with the North Korean dictator.

“He’s 27 years old. His father dies, took over a regime. So say what you want but that is not easy, especially at that age.

“I’m not giving him credit or not giving him credit, I’m just saying that’s a very hard thing to do. As to whether or not he’s rational, I have no opinion on it. I hope he’s rational,” he said.

Americans continue to hope that their president will prove to be rational.