President Donald Trump saluted North Korean general and defense minister No Kwang Chol during the Singapore summit, as seen in a video released by the country’s state media.
Trump is being criticized for showing the general respect.
North Korea has among the most brutal regimes on Earth, murdering and imprisoning its own citizens for political dissent.
Trump has also been widely criticized for his friendliness toward North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during and after the summit.
North Korean state media aired a video of President Donald Trump saluting one of the country’s top generals during the Singapore summit held last weekend.
In the video, Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un walk down a line of North Korean officials to shake hands. When Trump meets the general, who CNN identified as defense minister No Kwang Chol, Trump fumbles a handshake and salutes instead.
Saluting is widely considered a sign of mutual respect. Kim’s regime is considered among the most brutal on Earth. He frequently executes and orders assassinations of political opponents and, according to an estimate from a South Korean think tank, holds 120,000 citizens in prison camps.
Here’s the president of the United States saluting a uniformed officer of the Korean People’s Army, dutifully captured on tape by a Korean Central Television cameraman for broadcast in North Korea. #TrumpKim pic.twitter.com/crBTx5e5cL
— Ankit Panda (@nktpnd) June 14, 2018
The reactions to the video on Twitter were swift and mostly negative.
Imagine Fox News if Obama did this. 💥💥💥 https://t.co/f6wnf2UjF1
— Rob Patterson (@BfloHealthAtty) June 14, 2018
Watch Trump salute a North Korean General. What a traitor. Pathetic. pic.twitter.com/yVO2C7UHHM
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) June 14, 2018
Firstly, I’ve found my all time favorite voiceover artist. Second, watch Trump salute a North Korean military commander at around :55. Remember when the GOP went indiscriminately batshit when Obama bowed to Japanese Emperor Akihito? I think the word they used was “treasonous.” https://t.co/Qz3UhGJ6Kj
— Bob Cesca (@bobcesca_go) June 14, 2018
Trump was criticized for showing support for the military of a dictatorship responsible for human rights abuses.
RT to support OUR president’s desire to support ALL TROOPS! #MAGA https://t.co/IpfwCLFd5q
— chris hooks (@cd_hooks) June 14, 2018
Donald Trump salutes a North Korean general.
This salute is now being used as propaganda in North Korea.
What would Truman and MacArthur say about this?
Do we need to make a note?
“Do not salute the enemy” pic.twitter.com/wVpjJVJkZI
— Red T Raccoon (@RedTRaccoon) June 14, 2018
Some people said the moment was awkward, but held little meaning.
This is a silly little moment that says absolutely nothing of substance about Trump, who reacted awkwardly, like anyone might.
But you know — you KNOW — how Trump’s state media would react to anyone they didn’t like doing it.https://t.co/80l9CdktBM
— MaybeCooperativeHat (@Popehat) June 14, 2018
Trump’s salute is the equivalent of someone …read more
Source:: Business Insider