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Sarah Sanders: North Korean missile tests aren’t ‘bothering’ Trump

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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in an interview Sunday that recent missile tests by North Korea aren’t “bothering” President Trump, despite concerns by some that they violated a United Nations resolution.

Asked by “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd 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”

{mosads}”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 Bolton 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 Biden, 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.”

 

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