WASHINGTON DC, USA – US President Donald Trump drew criticism Thursday, June 14, after footage emerged of him saluting a North Korean general while the totalitarian 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 Thursday.
In the interaction, Kim is seen introducing Trump to a North Korean general.
In an awkward-seeming moment, Trump then briefly salutes the general.
"To no one's surprise, North Korea used our President for their propaganda campaign," Democratic Senator Chris Van Hollen said on Twitter.
"Kim Jong-un is pocketing immediate concessions and not making any concrete commitments. Nauseating to see Trump stiff our allies in Canada and then praise Kim while saluting his generals."
White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Trump was merely being polite.
"It's a common courtesy. When a military official from another government salutes... you return that," Sanders said.
Former president Barack Obama sparked outrage from his Republican opponents when in 2009 he bowed to Japanese Emperor Akihito.
Conservative also media blasted Obama when he bowed that year to Saudi King Abdullah, and he was assailed again in 2014 for saluting while holding a cup of coffee. – Rappler.com