The main television spokesman for the Kremlin claimed on Sunday that President Trump is “more dangerous” than North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un.
Appearing on Russian state television on his prime-time program Vesti Nedelyi, Dmitry Kiselyov also claimed that “Trump is more impulsive and unpredictable than Kim Jong Un.”
The Russian spokesman and his colleagues appeared on other television channels and compared Trump to Kim, asserting that Kim had not given his four-year-old daughter an office in his residence while Trump had appointed Ivanka to a role in the White House.
On Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov Monday advised the U.S. not to employ a unilateral use of force against North Korea, warning that such an act would be “a very risky course of action” and comparing it to the recent U.S. missile strike on Syria, which Moscow condemned. Lavrov spoke following U.S. Vice President Mike Pence’s Monday statement from the demilitarized zone between South and North Korea in which he said “the era of strategic patience is over.”
Lavrov noted that Russia denounces the “brinkmanship’’ of the ballistic missile tests by North Korea in violation of United Nations Security Council resolutions, but said that the tests do not justify breaking international law. “So I really hope that the same unilateral actions we saw in Syria won’t happen.”
The U.S. bombing in Syria, against Russian ally President Bashar al-Assad, caused a rise in Russian suspicions about the Trump administration.
“Ivanka already convinced Trump to bomb Assad, what if she convinces him to bomb Kim?” asked Irada Zeynalova, the main newscaster on NTV.
Kiselyov also noted that “The world is a hair’s breadth away from a real nuclear war with all its catastrophic consequences.”
Dmitry Peskov, Kremlin spokesman, did not weigh in regarding whether Kiselyov’s opinion reflected official policy, saying only that “it’s usually close, though not every time.” The Kremlin insisted that all sides should “show restraint” and not take actions that could be viewed as “provocative.”
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