President Donald Trump appeared alongside Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on a visit to Japan, in which he sided with North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un regarding Kim's comments about former Vice President and 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
"Kim Jong Un made a statement that Joe Biden is a low IQ individual. He probably is based on his record. I think I agree with him on that."
Another 2020 presidential candidate and mayor of South Bend, Indiana—Pete Buttigieg—criticized Trump's comments, sounding much more presidential in the process.
Pete Buttigieg: "Kim Jong Un is a murderous dictator and Vice President Biden served this country honorably." EARL… https://t.co/PGkjmD4DjG— The Hill (@The Hill) 1559007900.0
Buttigieg told reporters:
"Kim Jong Un is a murderous dictator and Vice President Biden served this country honorably. It's just one more example though of the way this president tries to draw attention to himself by saying things that shock the conscience to distract us from his deep unpopularity and the deep unpopularity of the Republican governing agenda."
Trump has frequently praised Kim Jong Un, referring to him as a friend and a one-of-a-kind leader. He's often been accused of kowtowing to Kim, conflating compliments for diplomacy.
Mayor Pete's response to Trump's words was met with praise.
@thehill The most refreshing candidate who creates zero drama.— White House Dog's Conscience 🐶 (@White House Dog's Conscience 🐶) 1559008244.0
@thehill Thank you Mayor Buttigieg. A clear, concise and to the point answer.— Rob (@Rob) 1559008063.0
@thehill This Dude has it ! Gotta Love Pete!!— Joe Chorpenning (@Joe Chorpenning) 1558982303.0
@thehill It’s so refreshing to hear such an intelligent response.. and no bitter tweets— Dana Anderson (@Dana Anderson) 1559021838.0
Way to go, Mayor Pete.