Washington (AP) — The Whitened House on Thursday defended Chief executive Donald Trump' s decision to come back a military salute to a Northern Korean three-star general.
" It' s a common politeness when a military official from an additional government salutes, that you return that will, " presidential spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters two days right after Trump returned from his peak with North Korea' s Betty Jong Un.
Northern Korean state media released movie from the visit of Trump calling shake the hand of the ressortchef (umgangssprachlich) of the People' s Armed Forces, whom instead saluted during the summit within Singapore. The two then reversed actions, with Trump saluting and the common reaching out to shake hands. The two ultimately shook hands.
The awkward moment raised several eyebrows because the U. S. plus North Korea technically are still from war.
" There are never seen an American president praise an officer of another army, let alone a military that provides a brutal enforcer of human captivity and awful prison camps in the gulag across its nation, " said James Stavridis, a outdated Navy admiral who served since the top NATO commander. " It had been a mistake. "
The protocol on how United states presidents should meet foreign frontrunners is murky. During the 2012 president campaign, Trump went after Chief executive Barack Obama for bowing towards the Saudi king, tweeting: " @BarackObama bowed to the Saudi King in public areas — yet the Dems are asking @MittRomney' s diplomatic skills. "
Obama furthermore took some grief in 2014 for saluting with a coffee glass in his hand as he stepped away Marine One in New York. The particular " latte salute, " acquired its own hashtag on Twitter.
Associated Push Writer Lolita Baldor contributed for this report.