Donald Trump saluted one of North Korean tyrant Kim Jong Un’s generals during the summit in Singapore and it is now being it as propaganda against him.
The unverified footage, which was aired during a Korean Central Television documentary, that “showed events largely from Kim’s perspective, the Washington Post reports. “With its focus on Kim, the KCTV documentary seems to show North Koreans that their leader is the star of the show.”
— BBC Monitoring (@BBCMonitoring) June 14, 2018
It looks as though Trump was confused about whether he should shake the general’s hand or salute back. But the problem with that mistake is that it is being used by the North Koreans to brag about their murderous leader’s major win at the summit.
Trump may have saluted the same general a second time:
If you look carefully at about 36 mins Trump appears to salute the same North Korean military official a second time in that North Korean propaganda film https://t.co/C63ZCU8BcU pic.twitter.com/A9tEOmnTyv
— Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza) June 14, 2018
This comes as Trump has been effusively praising Kim Jong Un despite his record of murdering relatives and citizens of his country alike. You will recall Donald Trump and many Republicans were upset when Barack Obama bowed to the Saudi King Abdullah in 2009 and when he shook hands with Cuban President Raul Castro.
Reaction on Twitter:
Weird. Fox News isn’t showing Trump saluting the North Korean general. Must be saving it for the other 23 hours of the day.
— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) June 14, 2018
How many American soldiers died during the Korean War so that Donald Trump could salute a North Korean general?
Yet in Donald Trump’s twisted mind, NFL players disrespect our military by kneeling during the national anthem. pic.twitter.com/8aUrGPBki8
— Spin Doctor (@SpinDr) June 14, 2018
There was outrage in some circles when President Obama saluted an American military officer while holding a coffee cup.
It stands to reason that those same critics should likely be outraged over President Trump appearing to salute a North Korean military general.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 14, 2018
So weird that the @WhiteHouse didn't release this footage of Trump saluting a North Korean officer anyway remember that time Obama lowered his head by one inch to a foreign leader and Fox News changed its name to The (Muslim?) President Loves America's Enemies Network pic.twitter.com/fBS8t7fWhr
— 324 days ago Trump promised 24-hr Hezbollah answer (@MattNegrin) June 14, 2018
VoteVets senior adviser @PaulDEaton52, who served more than 30 years in the United States Army, including combat and post-combat assignments in Iraq, Bosnia and Somalia, says Trump's salute of a North Korean military officer was "wholly inappropriate for the commander in chief". pic.twitter.com/rj0FlaWpEX
— VoteVets (@votevets) June 14, 2018
A lot of people were upset when Obama bowed to the Saudi king. Trump is now in a North Korean propaganda film saluting a North Korean general (albeit playfully). Did it happen? If so, a president ought to be more careful …
— Jay Nordlinger (@jaynordlinger) June 14, 2018
Trump’s authoritarian talk and behavior was a glaring concern for many Republicans in 2016 who later rationalized away those fears. Now, as the President fawns over North Korea’s dictator, and the GOP threatens Republicans to submit and salute, there should be no doubt.
— Mindy Finn (@mindyfinn) June 14, 2018