« Whether it’s my former running mate or anyone else, no one should be praising North Korea’s dictator — or praising Russia’s leader, who has launched a war of unprovoked aggression in Ukraine, » Pence said in a interview with Fox News in Iowa. « This is a time when we should make it clear to the world that we support freedom and that we support those who defend freedom. »
During their joint tenure, Trump has made unprecedented overtures to the North Korean leader, with the former president meeting the UN three times during his four-year term, including in North Korea.
Pence’s comments are the latest sign that the former vice president will step up attacks against Trump to carve out his own space ahead of the Republican primaries. He is set to announce a bid for the presidency on June 7th.
Trump’s former ambassador to the United Nations and 2024 candidate Nikki Haley also lashed out at Twitter over the post. « Kim Jong Un Starves His Own People » she wrote.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, also in Iowa, said, “I was surprised to see this. … Kim Jong Un is a murderous dictator. He later called the World Health Organization « a bankrupt organization ».