Thursday brought the release of new footage from President Donald Trump’s Singapore summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. In the news/propaganda clip from the Hermit Kingdom, the president is shown shaking hands with various North Korean officials. When he comes to North Korean General No Kwang Chol, the president is greeted with a salute and he responds by saluting back.
Below is the video, via BBC Monitoring:
— BBC Monitoring (@BBCMonitoring) June 14, 2018
As you’d expect, the image of POTUS saluting an officer from a brutal dictatorship garnered quite a bit of reaction. Appearing on CNN this morning, retired Rear Admiral John Kirby called the moment” striking” and that the president played “right into the North’s propaganda” by tossing out the salute.
Of course, if you’ve been paying attention the past couple of years, you’ll know that there is Always A Tweet when it comes to Donald J. Trump. And, naturally, we find instances of Trump blasting Barack Obama for appearing to bow to the Saudi king and other world leaders.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 30, 2012
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 20, 2012
And folks on Twitter didn’t forget Trump and other conservatives weighing in on the “controversy” over Obama’s bowing and deference.
I mean pic.twitter.com/XyZVbz8Pvj
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) June 14, 2018
1) Trump's not the commander-in-chief of the DPRK military, kid.
2) You people crapped your cages for YEARS over Obama returning a bow to the Japanese Emperor. I guess none of that matters since you're all raging hypocrites whose only core values are trolling and disruption. https://t.co/TH67gMHoFm
— Bob Cesca (@bobcesca_go) June 14, 2018
Remember the "OMG DID OBAMA BOW!?" controversy? Yeah. How about saluting North Korean generals. Holy cow. https://t.co/m4cDgftWsU
— Jim Swift (@JSwiftTWS) June 14, 2018
Sorry guys, this one is worse than the Obama bow. https://t.co/owiZ0xuqsk
— Tim Carlson (@thecivilcomment) June 14, 2018
Don't get me started on how "bowing" Obama was made to be a thing. The issue isn't the confusion of protocol. It's that only one becomes a "scandal." https://t.co/PJejZWIBRR
— Rachel Joy Larris (@RachelLarris) June 14, 2018
I never want to hear about kneeling football players and Obama’s bow, ever again. https://t.co/mcmBbE2wEK
— Todd Davenport (@sunsopeningband) June 14, 2018
Again, this is real life.