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Top Dem blasts Trump as 'fake leader of the free world'

Top Dem blasts Trump as 'fake leader of the free world'
© Greg Nash

Rep. Hakeem JeffriesHakeem Sekou JeffriesHouse Democrats pick Aguilar as No. 6 leader in next Congress Nominated for another Speaker term, Pelosi says it's her last Katherine Clark secures No. 4 leadership spot for House Democrats MORE (N.Y.), the House Democratic Caucus chairman, blasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpUSAID administrator tests positive for COVID-19 Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year DOJ appeals ruling preventing it from replacing Trump in E. Jean Carroll defamation lawsuit MORE on Tuesday as the "fake leader of the free world" for siding with criticisms of former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHarris says she has 'not yet' spoken to Pence Kamala Harris, Stacey Abrams among nominees for Time magazine's 2020 Person of the Year Obama: Republican Party members believe 'white males are victims' MORE leveled by the North Korean government.

Jeffries, the fifth-ranking House Democrat, sought to highlight the lack of pushback from Republicans against Trump for endorsing attacks from North Korea on the former vice president.

"Many House Republicans wrap themselves in the flag and patriotic rhetoric," Jeffries tweeted. "But they have nothing to say when fake leader of the free world blatantly sides with a Communist North Korean Dictator? PHONIES."

Over the weekend, Trump tweeted that he has confidence in North Korean leader Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnWill Biden choose a values-based or transactional foreign policy? Japan's role could redefine Asia-Pacific relations under Biden and Suga Biden leans on foreign policy establishment to build team MORE and endorsed his criticism of Biden.

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"North Korea fired off some small weapons, which disturbed some of my people, and others, but not me. I have confidence that Chairman Kim will keep his promise to me, & also smiled when he called Swampman Joe Biden a low IQ individual, & worse. Perhaps that’s sending me a signal?" Trump tweeted on Saturday. 

North Korean state media has recently taken aim at Biden, with one report from last week describing Biden as “reckless and senseless, seized by ambition for power" and a “fool of low IQ.”

Trump doubled down during a news conference in Tokyo on Monday when asked if he was siding with a foreign dictator over an American vice president.

"Kim Jong Un made a statement that Joe Biden is a low IQ individual. He probably is based on his record. I think I agree with him on that," Trump said as he stood beside Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Before tearing into Trump as a "fake leader of the free world" on Tuesday, Jeffries called Trump a "studio gangster" during an appearance on "Meet the Press" on Sunday.

“Donald Trump is functionally a studio gangster. He pretends to be a tough guy, but he really is just playing that role on TV,” Jeffries said while discussing Trump's decision last week to walk out of a meeting with Democratic leaders on infrastructure legislation. “Hopefully, he will have gotten this temper tantrum out of his system.”

Few Republicans have criticized Trump for endorsing an attack on Biden from a nation long viewed as hostile to the U.S.

Rep. Pete KingPeter (Pete) KingRundown of the House seats Democrats, GOP flipped on Election Day Democrats, GOP fighting over largest House battlefield in a decade Treasury withheld nearly M from FDNY 9/11 health program MORE (R-N.Y.) said Monday that it was "wrong" for Trump to criticize Biden while abroad.

"Wrong for @POTUS Trump to criticize @JoeBiden in Japan and to agree with Kim Jong-unKim Jong UnWill Biden choose a values-based or transactional foreign policy? Japan's role could redefine Asia-Pacific relations under Biden and Suga Biden leans on foreign policy establishment to build team MORE. Politics stops at water’s edge. Never right to side with murderous dictator vs. fellow American," King tweeted on Monday.