WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump drew criticism after footage emerged of him saluting a North Korean general while the communist nation’s leader Kim Jong Un looked on.
The odd moment was captured during Trump’s visit to Singapore for a summit with Kim this week, with North Korean state television broadcasting the footage on Thursday.
In the interaction, Kim is seen introducing Trump to a North Korean general.
The US president puts out his hand for a shake, but the general instead salutes Trump. In an awkward-seeming moment, Trump then briefly salutes the general.
The interaction prompted disbelief among some Trump critics, who already have said the president appeared to accommodate to Kim and his autocratic regime, which is accused of gross human rights violations.
“To no one’s surprise, North Korea used our President for their propaganda campaign,” Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen said on Twitter.