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Trump’s comments on falling in love with Kim Jong Un ‘shocking and appalling,’ says conservative writer

Conservative writer Bre Payton slammed President TrumpDonald TrumpCIA chief threatened to resign over push to install Trump loyalist as deputy: report Azar in departure letter says Capitol riot threatens to 'tarnish' administration's accomplishments Justice Dept. argues Trump should get immunity from rape accuser's lawsuit MORE's comments about falling "in love" with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Monday, citing Pyongyang's human rights record. 

"I've long been disturbed with Donald Trump's treatment towards the North Korean brutal dictator that we have," Payton, a writer for The Federalist, told Hill.TV's Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton on "Rising." 

"I think that this is shocking and appalling. You know, I actually interviewed someone who defected from North Korea a couple of months ago who shared her story," she continued. 

"I think that throughout all of this we have to be honest about the really brutal human rights situation that's going on there, and I think just ignoring that and talking about who you fell in love [with] is not the tone that we should be striking at all in any reality that we decide to live in," she said. 

Trump praised Kim at a campaign rally on Saturday, saying that he and the North Korean leader "fell in love."

"I was really being tough and so was he," Trump said. "And we would go back and forth. And then we fell in love. No really. He wrote me beautiful letters."

"They were great letters. And then we fell in love," he continued. 

The president's comments come amid plans for a potential second summit between the two leaders. 

Secretary of state Mike PompeoMike PompeoOn The Money: Retail sales drop in latest sign of weakening economy | Fast-food workers strike for minimum wage | US officials raise concerns over Mexico's handling of energy permits US officials raise concerns over Mexico's handling of energy permits Treasury imposes additional sanctions on Cuba over allegations of 'serious human rights abuse' MORE accepted an invitation from Kim to visit Pyongyang this month to plan a second summit between the two leaders. 

— Julia Manchester