Fox News analyst: ‘Disconcerting’ for Trump to say he’s honored to shake hands with Kim
Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume said he felt it was “disconcerting” to witness President Trump shake hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore, referring to Kim as a “thug.”
“Disconcerting to say the least to see POTUS shaking hands with the thug Kim Jong Un and saying he’s ‘honored.’ Will only be worth it if Mike Pompeo is right about what he sensed in his NK meetings. We’ll know soon enough,” Hume tweeted on Monday.
Disconcerting to say the least to see POTUS shaking hands with the thug Kim Jong Un and saying he’s “honored.” Will only be worth it if Mike Pompeo is right about what he sensed in his NK meetings. We’ll know soon enough.
— Brit Hume (@brithume) June 12, 2018
Hume’s remarks follow the denuclearization summit between the two leaders, which marked the first time a sitting U.S. president has met with a North Korean leader.
“President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to [North Korea], and Chairman Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula,” Trump and Kim said in a joint statement at the end of their historic meeting.
The statement did not offer specifics on how the U.S. will guarantee North Korea’s security, nor does it lay out the steps North Korea will need to take to denuclearize.
Trump offered praise for Kim after the meeting, calling him a “talented man” who loves his country very much.
North Korea is known to have one of the worst human rights records in the world, which Trump addressed in his January State of the Union address, noting North Korea has “more brutally oppressed its people than any regime on Earth.”
Hume was not the only television analyst to criticize Trump’s meeting with his North Korean counterpart.
Former CIA chief of staff Jeremy Bash said on MSNBC on Monday that it was disgusting to see the U.S. flag alongside that from the “despotic regime” of Pyongyang.
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