- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 14, 2018

Video footage aired Thursday by North Korean state media showing President Trump returning the salute of a North Korean military general in Singapore has drawn criticism from U.S. media.

During Tuesday’s unprecedented summit between Mr. Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, the U.S. president was introduced to various members of Mr. Kim’s delegation. According to the video, Mr. Trump went down the line shaking hands until he reached North Korean Gen. No Kwang-chol, who gave a salute. Mr. Trump returned the salute and then the two shook hands.

CNN called it “an extraordinary display of respect from a US president to a top officer of a hostile regime.”

“They can see a propaganda value here and this is basically them showing the level of deference and respect that Trump has paid to them and to their military leaders,” retired Rear Adm. John Kirby, a military and diplomatic analyst for CNN, told the network’s Poppy Harlow. “It was inappropriate for him to do from a protocol perspective, but now he’s played right into the North’s propaganda about their legitimacy on the world stage.”

Commentators pointed out that conservatives and Mr. Trump himself have repeatedly criticized former President Barack Obama for apparently bowing to the then-king of Saudi Arabia in 2009.

The White House has not commented on the matter.

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