Sarah Sanders: North Korean missile tests aren't 'bothering' Trump

Sarah Sanders: North Korean missile tests aren't 'bothering' Trump
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White House press secretary Sarah HuckabeeSarah Elizabeth SandersWhite House press secretary defends lack of daily briefings: Trump 'is the most accessible president in history' Sarah Huckabee Sanders says she is 'relentlessly' attacked by women Sarah Sanders makes debut as Fox News contributor MORE Sanders said in an interview Sunday that recent missile tests by North Korea aren't "bothering" President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocratic senator rips Trump's 'let them fight' remarks: 'Enough is enough' Warren warns Facebook may help reelect Trump 'and profit off of it' Trump touts Turkey cease-fire: 'Sometimes you have to let them fight' MORE, despite concerns by some that they violated a United Nations resolution.

Asked by "Meet the Press" host Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddRand Paul calls for probe of Democrats over Ukraine letter White House officials stand by Syria withdrawal, sanctions delay amid bipartisan pushback Sunday shows — Officials rush to Trump's defense on Syria, sanctions MORE if Trump agrees with "the prime minister of Japan and his own national security advisor that North Korea has violated a U.N. resolution with these tests," Sanders responded: “Look, the president's focus in all of this process is on continuing the very good relationship that he has with Chairman Kim [Jong Un]. And he feels good that the chairman will stay firm with the commitment that he made to the president and move towards denuclearization"

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"Some of the activity that's taken place, as you can see from the president's Twitter isn't something that's bothering the president," Sanders continued on NBC. "He still feels good about the relationship that he has and about Chairman Kim's commitment that he made to the president.”

Her comment comes after national security adviser John BoltonJohn BoltonWashington indecision compounded the Kurds' dilemma US Ambassador Sondland says Trump directed officials to work with Giuliani on Ukraine Sondland could provide more clues on Ukraine controversy MORE said Saturday that short-range missile tests by North Korea earlier this month violated a U.N. Security Council resolution and argued that sanctions against the country must remain in place.

“U.N. Security Council resolutions prohibit North Korea from firing any ballistic missiles,” Bolton told reporters in Tokyo ahead of Trump's arrival. “In terms of violating U.N. Security Council resolutions, there is no doubt about that.”

Trump, however, has not expressed much concern about the recent tests — which come after denuclearization talks at the most recent summit between the president and the North Korean leader  collapsed. On Saturday, Trump said he has confidence in Kim. 

“I have confidence that Chairman Kim will keep his promise to me, & also smiled when he called Swampman Joe Bidan a low IQ individual, & worse. Perhaps that’s sending me a signal?” Trump tweeted. 

In the interview on Sunday, Todd also pressed Sanders over the tweet's mention of Joe BidenJoe BidenWarren warns Facebook may help reelect Trump 'and profit off of it' Trump accuses Biden of 'quid pro quo' hours after Mulvaney remarks Testimony from GOP diplomat complicates Trump defense MORE, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, asking if people should be concerned that Trump "is essentially siding with a murderous authoritarian dictator over a former vice president in the United States?”

Sanders denied that Trump was siding with Kim on "that" but that the two leaders "agree in their assessment of former Vice President Joe Biden."

“Chuck, the president's not siding with that. But I think they agree in their assessment of former Vice President Joe Biden," Sanders said. "Again, the president's focus in this process is the relationship he has and making sure we continue on the path towards denuclearization."