Trump praised Kim in a Truth Social post Friday for North Korea being awarded an appointment to the executive board of the World Health Organization. He linked in the post to an American Greatness story that was critical of the position being granted to WHO, but ignored the premise of the article to praise Kim, whom he has called a friend.
‘I was surprised to see that,’ DeSantis told reporters in Iowa on Saturday when asked about the post.
The Florida Gov. called Kim a ‘murderous dictator’ for putting a full family, including an infant, in jail for life – and railed against The World Health Organization in general.
‘The World Health Organization is a bankrupt organization,’ he lamented. ‘Like, Kim Jong Un is bad, but then joining that?’
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis railed against Donald Trump for congratulating North Korea for getting an appointment to the WHO executive board
‘We need to be getting out of that and rejecting the WHO lockdown treaty, and not congratulating about being involved in the WHO,’ he added.
Trump, in his continued fawning over the authoritarian leader, posted to his social media site: ‘Congratulations to Kim Jung (sic) Un.’
The article he linked to, however, was critical of North Korea’s entry into WHO due to the country’s repeated human rights abuses under Kim and his family’s decades of leadership.
News came last week that North Korean Ministry of Public Health’s Dr. Jong Min Pak will join and serve on the WHO executive board until 2026.
Trump is the far frontrunner for the 2024 Republican presidential primary, with DeSantis in second place – by at least 20 points in most polling.
DeSantis avoided directly criticizing the former president before officially launching his campaign two weeks ago, but has now began unloading attacks against Trump and saying he was not effective enough in the executive.
On Truth Social, Trump spends much of his time railing against DeSantis, calling him ‘Rob DeSanctimonious’ and making unsubstantiated claims against the Florida governor.
DeSantis wasn’t the only one critical of Trump for his warm words for Kim.
Trump posted the congratulation for North Korea’s authoritarian leader Kim Jong Un with an article critical of the WHO for allowing the country a board position
Trump’s former No. 2 Mike Pence and his previous Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, who is a fellow 2024 presidential candidate, spoke out against the ex-president.
‘This is a time when we ought to make it clear to the world that we stand for freedom, and we stand with those who stand for freedom,’ former Vice President Pence said as he is expected to launch a presidential bid in coming weeks.
‘You don’t congratulate a thug,’ Haley told Fox News. ‘I mean, let’s keep in mind this – This thug has threatened America. It’s threatened our allies over and over again. This is not something to play with.’
‘He’s a terrible individual. He’s terrible to his people. He’s terrible to our allies in the world. And I don’t think he deserves congratulations,’ the former South Carolina governor added.