GOP lawmakers say Trump wrong to criticize Biden in Japan

Two Republican lawmakers in blue states chided President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump defends Stephanopolous interview Trump defends Stephanopolous interview Buttigieg on offers of foreign intel: 'Just call the FBI' MORE during the Memorial Day holiday for attacking former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenButtigieg on Biden's Iraq War vote: 'that vote was a mistake' Buttigieg on Biden's Iraq War vote: 'that vote was a mistake' Ocasio-Cortez starts petition to repeal Hyde Amendment MORE during a four-day state visit to Japan.

“Wrong for @POTUS Trump to criticize @JoeBiden in Japan and to agree with Kim Jong-unKim Jong UnTrump remarks deepen distrust with intelligence community Trump remarks deepen distrust with intelligence community Trump appears to walk back pledge not to use CIA informants against Kim Jong Un MORE. Politics stops at water’s edge,” Rep. Pete KingPeter (Pete) Thomas KingGOP congressman: Trump should have been 'above' attacking Pelosi at Normandy Democratic lawmaker: Trump shouldn't be allowed to attend D-Day ceremony GOP lawmakers say Trump wrong to criticize Biden in Japan MORE (R-N.Y.) tweeted Monday. “Never right to side with murderous dictator vs. fellow American.”

“It’s Memorial Day Weekend and you’re taking a shot at Biden while praising a dictator,” Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerGOP lawmakers say Trump wrong to criticize Biden in Japan Overnight Defense: Trump officials say efforts to deter Iran are working | Trump taps new Air Force secretary | House panel passes defense bill that limits border wall funds Trump taps new Air Force secretary MORE (R-Ill.) also tweeted Sunday. “This is just plain wrong.”

During the trip, Trump tweeted that he “smiled” at North Korean leader Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnTrump remarks deepen distrust with intelligence community Trump remarks deepen distrust with intelligence community Trump appears to walk back pledge not to use CIA informants against Kim Jong Un MORE’s characterization of Biden as “low IQ.” At a press conference Monday, Trump reaffirmed his agreement with Kim on Biden, telling reporters "Kim Jong Un made a statement that Joe Biden is a low IQ individual. He probably is based on his record. I think I agree with him on that.”

King, a 14-term congressman, won by one of his narrowest margins in 2018, defeating challenger Liuba Grechen Shirley (D) 53 percent to 47 percent after winning 62 percent to 38 percent against DuWayne Gregory in 2016.

Kinzinger defeated his 2018 challenger by a wider margin, 55 percent to 41 percent, but as of 2019 is the only Republican representing an Illinois district north of Peoria.