Wednesday, May 3, 2017

McCain: Trump's praise of North Korea's Kim Jong Un 'disturbing'

President Donald Trump’s comments praising North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un are “very disturbing,” Sen. John McCain said Tuesday, because they undermine America’s moral authority around the world and pull the nation away from the principles that made it a superpower.

While Trump has sought to ratchet up the pressure on Kim in recent weeks by sending an aircraft carrier, albeit belatedly, to the waters off the Korean Peninsula and pressuring China to tighten the economic screws on North Korea, he has also had surprisingly warm words for Kim himself.

In an interview over the weekend with CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Trump called Kim “a pretty smart cookie,” praising his ability to seize and maintain power in North Korea at the age of 27. On Monday, the president said he would be “honored” to meet with the dictator “under certain circumstances.”

McCain (R-Ariz.), the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and a frequent critic of the president, expressed concern and confusion on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” when asked about Trump’s recent rhetoric toward Kim.  Read full post 

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