Dem lawmakers rail against Trump after comments on Putin, North Korea
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Democratic lawmakers railed against President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans aim to avoid war with White House over impeachment strategy New York Times editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment Trump rips Michigan Rep. Dingell after Fox News appearance: 'Really pathetic!' MORE for his Saturday remarks on the state of current U.S. relations with Russia and North Korea, hitting Trump's approach to international affairs. 

Trump in a series of tweets Saturday defended his positive rapport with Russian President Vladimir Putin — asking "when will all the haters and fools" realize a good relationship with Russia is a "good thing" — and hit North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for calling him old. 

Democrats responded critically, taking to Twitter to share their frustration with Trump's comments. 


"Well, at least Trump is consistent," tweeted Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders 'outraged' after MLB threatens to cut ties with minor league teams Booker leads other 2020 Dems in petition urging DNC to change debate qualifications Democrats threaten to skip next debate over labor dispute MORE (I-Vt.) after the president's tweets.

"Abroad, he has never met a leader of an authoritarian nation (Russia, China, Saudi Arabia, Philippines) that he hasn't liked. At home he shows contempt for the U.S. Constitution and democracy."

Massachusetts Rep. Seth MoultonSeth MoultonOvernight Defense: House passes compromise defense bill | Turkey sanctions advance in Senate over Trump objections | Top general says military won't be 'raping, burning and pillaging' after Trump pardons Pentagon leaders: Trump clemencies won't affect military order and discipline Deval Patrick beefs up campaign staff MORE (D) used Trump's own words in a dig at the president, asking: "When will the haters and fools look themselves in the mirror...?"


He also hit Trump's North Korea tweet that read: "Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me 'old,' when I would NEVER call him 'short and fat?' Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend - and maybe someday that will happen!"

Moulton responded, saying Trump should not try to be friends with Kim.



Other Democrats also hit Trump over the tweets.


Trump is abroad on a 12-day Asia trip, during which he has been meeting with regional leaders with a heavy emphasis on curbing North Korea's nuclear and missile programs. 

Trump and Putin met Saturday on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Economic Leaders' Meeting in Danang, Vietnam. They did not have a formal meeting scheduled, but according to Trump will issue a joint statement. Trump said the two leaders had “two or three very short conversations” during the larger forum and discussed Syria.

Trump said Putin is “very insulted” by the suggestion Moscow attempted to interfere in the U.S. election last year.