▶ North Korea’s social media message for the election of the WHO executive board… Criticism within the party
▶ Pence, Hailey, Disantis, “You should not congratulate the donor who threatened the United States” in one voice
Former President Donald Trump publicly sent a congratulatory message to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on the 2nd in connection with North Korea’s election to the executive board of the World Health Organization (WHO).
Inside the Republican Party, there is criticism that it was inappropriate behavior as a front runner who cast a vote in the 2024 presidential race.
On this day, former President Trump linked an article about North Korea’s election to the executive board on his social media account Truth Social and wrote “Congratulations to Kim Jung Un!”
In response, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, also a Republican, opened the door first.
Governor Kemp posted a photo of former President Trump’s post on Twitter that day, saying, “Getting our country back from Joe Biden doesn’t start with celebrating the murderous dictator of North Korea.”
During last year’s election, Governor Kemp defeated a primary candidate supported by former President Trump who received the party’s nomination and was elected.
Dragons within the party vying with former President Trump for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024 also joined the ranks of criticism.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said on Fox News that he was “surprised” and said, “In my opinion, Kim Jong-un is nothing but a murderous dictator.”
Former Vice President Mike Pence, who served in the Trump administration, said: “Whether it’s a former running mate or anyone else, you shouldn’t praise the dictator of North Korea or the leader of Russia who waged a war of aggression without cause in Ukraine . “
He was even criticized for former President Trump’s recent comments that seemed to lean towards Russia on CNN live.
“Now is the time to make it clear to the world that we stand for freedom and we stand for those who stand on the side of freedom,” Pence said.
Former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley also spoke out, saying, “We should not celebrate the bully,” adding, “This bully has repeatedly threatened the United States and our allies, and we must not play games with this fact.”
Former Ambassador Haley repeatedly said of Chairman Kim, “He is a terrible person, and he has done terrible things to his people and our allies. He does not deserve congratulations.”
Regarding this response, former President Trump refuted the fact that he maintained peace during his tenure.
“President Trump won peace by force, and as a result, no new war started during his tenure,” said camp spokesman Steve Cheung. I have no will,” he said.
Former President Trump was one of the few world leaders to speak positively of him while staying close enough to Chairman Kim three times during his tenure, including the first ever North American summit in Singapore on June 12, 2018 .
He also showed his intimacy several times, such as saying that he “fell in love” with Chairman Kim.
Later, on the ‘chemistry’ between the two, he recalled, “You meet a girl. You can tell in one second whether things will go well or not. It doesn’t take 10 minutes or 6 weeks . It takes less than one second.”
Meanwhile, at the 76th World Health Assembly on the 26th of last month, North Korea was elected as one of the 10 new executive members along with Australia. Immediately after the vote, a representative from the US side said, “We are very concerned that the government of North Korea, one of the new members of the board, does not share values (with us).”