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

Conservative writer Bre Payton slammed President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job 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 PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoHeather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine — Trump, Congress prepare for new border wall fight Overnight Defense: Trump to sign funding deal, declare national emergency | Shanahan says allies will be consulted on Afghanistan | Dem demands Khashoggi documents MORE accepted an invitation from Kim to visit Pyongyang this month to plan a second summit between the two leaders. 

— Julia Manchester