Trudeau or Kim Jong Un? Bernie Sanders Questions Trump’s Preference for Strongmen

Published June 12th, 2018 - 12:35 GMT
Trump does not seem overly impressed with Canada or Europe's leaders. (AFP)
Trump does not seem overly impressed with Canada or Europe's leaders. (AFP)

By Randa Darwish

In a time when US President Donald Trump grabs the news headlines around the world for a historic meeting with the North Korean leader that resulted in an agreement between both parts, US Senator and former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is questioning the nature of his preferences.

In a video released on Sanders official Twitter account, the senator who is known for being an opposed to Trump, raises doubts about the president’s relationships with the world leaders. The implication is that Trump finds it hard to get along with leaders of the world major democracies, while being “comfortable” to be around authoritarian leaders and dictators.

In the tweet, Sanders writes: “I find it very strange that President Trump has such a hard time getting along with the leaders of the world's major democracies but feels very comfortable with despots and authoritarian leaders like Putin, Xi Jinping, Duterte and Mohammad Bin Salman.”

Sanders compared the latest meetings conducted between Trump and the world despots such as Russia's Putin, China’s Xi Jinping, Philippines’ Duterte and the Saudi Mohammed bin Salman with the latest tense relatioonship with the G7 Summit leaders.

The G7 ended in a war on Twitter between Trump and the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, after Trump left the summit and tweet-slammed the summit’s host - Trudeau - over a contentious tarriff policy. 

The former presidential candidate also refers to the time when Trump describes the North Korean leader, who is one of the most “vicious” dictators in the world, as an “honorable man”.

“This is part of a pattern with Trump,” he says.

The video was widely shared and faced by mixed reactions among Americans. While many users backed Sanders for his point.

Brandon Horan expressed his disappointment over Trump’s administration latest decisions:

One user suggested that Trump’s “comfortable zone” around dictators is because he is “cut of their same cloth”.

Others said he might want to be one of them and he is trying to learn now:

Meanwhile, one user agreed on the fact that Trump feels comfortable around dictators, and suggested it might be part of a plan to distract the world from his Russia scandals and investigations.

Other users expressed their disappointment of Trump’s administration latest decisions and they are not surprised by anything he does anymore.

Paul Watson added an image from Trump's latest meeting with the North Korean leader, comparing it with another image for former US President Barack Obama and his historic meeting with the Cuban former president Raul Castro.

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