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    The White House press secretary insisted that Trump did not side with Kim Jong-un, but merely agreed with the latter’s opinion of Biden, and that the US head of state’s focus is on the relationship between the US and North Korea.

    During her recent appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has stepped forward to defend US President Donald Trump over a remark made by him regarding Kim Jong-un’s assessment of the former US vice president Joe Biden’s intelligence.

    Earlier, Trump posted a tweet in response to reports about North Korea conducting missile tests, which he described as firing "some small weapons", adding that he "also smiled" when Kim Jong-un "called Swampman Joe Bidan [sic] a low IQ individual, & worse".

    ​"Chuck, the president's not siding with that”, Sanders said when host Chuch Todd asked her whether she could explain "why Americans should not be concerned that the president of United States is essentially siding a murderous authoritarian dictator" over former US vice-president. "But I think they agree in their assessment of former Vice President Joe Biden. Again, the president's focus in this process is the relationship he has and making sure we continue on the path towards denuclearisation".

    Sanders’ statement evoked a mixed reaction on social media, as she appeared to earn the scorn of a considerable number of netizens.

    ​Some, however, praised Sanders’ conduct during the show and mocked Todd over the interview.

    ​An aide for Joe Biden also described Trump’s tweet as “unhinged and erratic”, also pointing toward an apparent spelling error in the original message, according to ABC News.

    ​"I would say the tweet speaks for itself, but it’s so unhinged and erratic that I’m not sure anyone could even say that with a straight face", the aide remarked.


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