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 EllisonOmar seeks to fend off late surge from primary challenger Republican lawmakers say Minnesota mask order violates state law against hiding identity Vermont has a chance to show how bipartisanship can tackle systemic racism MORE (D-Minn.) backed away from an earlier claim that President TrumpDonald John TrumpUPS, FedEx shut down calls to handle mail-in ballots, warn of 'significant' problems: report Controversial GOP Georgia candidate attempts to distance from QAnon Trump orders TikTok parent company to sell US assets within 90 days MORE was acting more irresponsibly than North Korea leader Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnTrump dismisses forthcoming Woodward book as 'fake' New Bob Woodward book will include details of 25 personal letters between Trump and Kim Jong Un Overnight Defense: Trump pushed to restore full National Guard funding | Watchdog faults Pompeo on civilian risk of Saudi arms sales 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.