After President Donald Trump sits with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over his criticism of former Vice President Joe Biden on Memorial Day weekend, Al Jazeera President Mehdi Hasan said on Monday that if former President Barack Obama spoke of a foreign dictator in Similarly, the Republicans would be "demanding execution."
Trump proclaimed his relationship with Kim Jong Un and aimed at Biden, who announced his 2020 presidential bid last month in a tweet during his state visit to Japan on the weekend. "North Korea fired some small weapons that disturbed some of my people and others, but not me," the president tweeted on Saturday. "I trust that President Kim will keep his promise to me and also smile when he called Swampman Joe Biden a low IQ person and worse. Maybe it gives me a signal?"
Trump also publicly disagrees with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his own national security advisor John Bolton by downplaying Pyongyang's latest missile test. During a joint press conference with the two world leaders on Monday, Abe called the tests "regrettable" while Trump said, "All I know is that there have been no nuclear tests."
Following Trump's positive assessment of North Korea, CNN anchor Erica Hill asked Hasan to comment on the President's remarks during a panel discussion on Monday The Lead .
"The message is that Donald Trump once likes you as a foreign dictator, and when you flatter him, he wants your back," Hasan said. "This is a guy who has always been very loyal to people who flatter him and want to throw someone under the bus the moment they don't."
"I think the North Koreans, like the Saudis, like the Russians, they worked it a while ago, how to get to Donald Trump," added the British political journalist.
Hasan asked how Republicans would have reacted if Obama were equated with a dictator who attacked a US presidential candidate. "Can you imagine if Barack Obama had said in 2011" Oh, Ayatollah Khomeini from Iran thinks that Mitt Romney is low IQ and I am totally with him, "he said." The Republicans would not just demand persecution, they would call him a traitor and demanding execution. "
Trump was widely condemned for his comments, including by GOP congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), who tweeted on Sunday:" It's Memorial Day weekend and you take a shot at Biden while praising a dictator. This is just wrong. "
Andrew Bates, the Biden 2020 campaign for rapid reaction, reacted to Trump shortly after the president shared the tweet." Given the record of Vice-President Biden to stand up to US values and interests, it is not surprising that North Korea prefers Donald Trump to remain in the White House, "he said.
Last week, North Korea's official Korean central news agency commented that echoed Trump's frequently used description of Biden as a" low IQ person "by calling the democratic presidential candidate "An idiot with a low IQ." The outbreak criticism of Biden came after he called Trump over the president's friendly relationship with foreign dictators during a campaign event.
"Are we a nation that includes dictators and tyrants like Putin and Kim Jong Un? "Biden said.