- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Rep. Gregory Meeks criticized President Trump on Monday for endorsing a statement from North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un that former Vice President Joseph R. Biden is “a low IQ individual,” adding that “Kim is playing the president.”

“He played him in the first summit. He played him at the second summit. So Kim realizes that the real low IQ person is the president, and he can continue to play games with him all along until Kim gets what he wants. In fact, Kim has already gotten what he wants: the world stage,” the New York Democrat said on CNN’s “Newsroom” show.

Mr. Trump said during a press conference in Tokyo Monday that he agreed with Mr. Kim’s statement that “Joe Biden is a low IQ individual.”

“I can tell you that Joe Biden was a disaster, his administration with President Obama, they were basically a disaster when it came to so many things. Whether it was economy, whether it was military, defense, no matter what it was. They had a lot of problems. So I’m not a fan,” Mr. Trump said later in the press conference.

Rep. Gerry Connolly said Monday that Mr. Trump’s comments were “despicable.”

“To side with him against an American political figure — who after all have given a lot to this country, and who is still recovering from the loss of his son who was a brave young man and fought for his country in Iraq — I think is just a despicable act. And unfathomable. Maybe he’s suffering severe jet lag. Or maybe he’s suffering [from] something else,” the Virginia Democrat said on CNN’s “The Situation Room.”

Mr. Trump dismissed worries about North Korea’s recent weapons tests, tweeting they were only “small weapons.”

“North Korea fired off some small weapons, which disturbed some of my people, and others, but not me. I have confidence that Chairman Kim will keep his promise to me, & [I] also smiled when he called Swampman Joe Biden a low IQ individual, & worse. Perhaps that’s sending me a signal,” he said.

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