Democrat walks back comment that Kim Jong-un ‘more responsible’ than Trump

Democrat walks back comment that Kim Jong-un ‘more responsible’ than Trump
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Rep. Keith EllisonKeith Maurice EllisonFormer Sanders aides launch consulting firm Minnesota AG will defend state's abortion restrictions despite personal views Hillicon Valley: House panel advances election security bill | GOP senator targets YouTube with bill on child exploitation | Hicks told Congress Trump camp felt 'relief' after release of Clinton docs | Commerce blacklists five Chinese tech groups MORE (D-Minn.) backed away from an earlier claim that President TrumpDonald John TrumpGraham: America must 'accept the pain that comes in standing up to China' Weld 'thrilled' more Republicans are challenging Trump New data challenges Trump's economic narrative MORE was acting more irresponsibly than North Korea leader Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnNorth Korea: Kim supervised test of 'super-large multiple rocket launcher' Trump 'not happy' with North Korea missile tests, but denies they violate agreement Japan must keep America engaged MORE during escalating rhetoric between Washington and Pyongyang.

“That was one of those I wish I’d not said,” Ellison, who also serves as the deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee, told The Washington Post shortly after he made the accusation.

“It’s tailor-made for somebody to misuse," he added. "I’d say [Trump's] being incredibly irresponsible and he’s putting us in a situation where you could have an accidental launch. I mean, his rhetoric might make Kim Jong Un think that he needs to strike first. What we need is someone bringing calm to the situation, not spiking it.”

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During an appearance at the Netroots Nation conference in Atlanta Friday, Ellison addressed the recent exchange of inflammatory rhetoric between Trump and North Korea, saying North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was acting more responsibly than the U.S. president.

“You have this guy making bellicose threats against somebody else who has very little to lose over there,” Ellison said, according to the Post. “Kim Jong Un – the world always thought he was not a responsible leader. Well, he’s acting more responsible than this guy.”

Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea have risen to their highest point of Trump's presidency in recent days.

The United Nations Security Council, with encouragement from the U.S., voted unanimously at the beginning of August to impose new sanctions against North Korea in retaliation for the regime's recent intercontinental ballistic missile tests.

Following that vote, reports indicated that the country has developed a miniaturized nuclear warhead capable of fitting on a missile.

Trump responded to that development by threatening to unleash "fire and fury" on North Korea if it continued to threaten the U.S. Since then, Trump has exchanged threats with North Korea, which said Wednesday that its military would have plans in place by mid-August to attack waters near the U.S. territory of Guam.