White House adviser Kellyanne Conway rushed to President Donald Trump’s defense Sunday, arguing that Trump mocked North Korean dictator because Kim “insulted him first.”
Conway asserted on ABC’s “This Week” that one of the most important aspects of the president’s ongoing trip across Asia is “containing a nuclearized North Korea.”
“And you think name calling is helpful? Calling somebody short and fat?” host Martha Raddatz asked, referencing a tweet Trump sent out Saturday.
Why would Kim Jong-un insult me by calling me “old,” when I would NEVER call him “short and fat?” Oh well, I try so hard to be his friend – and maybe someday that will happen!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 12, 2017
While the president suggests that he would never call Kim names, the tweet itself calls out Kim for his short stature and worsening obesity.
“That was the president just responding the way he does to someone who insulted him first,” Conway explained. Her response is similar to that of White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who recently argued that Trump “is a fighter,” explaining that he “will hit back.”
The president’s tweet followed a series of North Korean media reports that referred to him as an “old lunatic” threatening global peace and security. North Korea has not engaged in any major provocations in almost two months, but the regime continues to be just as bellicose as always in its commentary.
Watch: Kellyanne Conway defends Trump
Conway on Trump’s tweet on Kim Jong Un: That “was the president just responding the way he does to somebody who insulted him first.” pic.twitter.com/8xsEMStIYL
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) November 12, 2017
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