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Former President Donald Trump tore into Vice President Kamala Harris and her gaffe where she confused North and South Korea.
The president had a rally in Michigan on Saturday where he mocked Harris saying the United States had an alliance with North Korea when she meant to say South Korea.
“I think that was one of the worst mistakes of all,” the former president said. “Can you imagine? They’re standing on the border, North Korea’s over there shooting off missiles as she’s speaking.’
“They’re shooting off missiles and she’s saying about ‘North Korea’s out ally and our friend,” he said. “And when I heard it, I said, ‘Oh this is sort of just a – she didn’t mean that.’”
He said someone from the vice president’s staff should have gone to her as she was speaking to correct her, even as he said he would have been furious if someone did that to him.
‘In that one, however, I would be very happy to receive their advice, because that’s one of the worst I’ve ever seen,” he said.
She gave a speech at the Korean Demilitarized Zone on Thursday where she bragged about the “important relationship” between the United States and “North Korea” when she meant to say South Korea.
“The United States shares a very important relationship, which is an alliance with the Republic of North Korea,” she said. “And it is an alliance that is strong and enduring.”
She was brutally mocked for the mistake on Twitter.
“Please tell me this is a deep fake,” former Treasury Department official and Fox News personality Monica Crowley said.
Please tell me this is a deep fake https://t.co/PiBfLvMTET
— Monica Crowley (@MonicaCrowley) September 29, 2022
“We have an alliance with North Korea now?” Benny Johnson said.
We have an alliance with North Korea now?
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) September 29, 2022
“Let’s just keep making believe these morons are remotely functional and not complete idiots,” John Cardillo said.
Let's just keep making believe these morons are remotely functional and not complete idiots. https://t.co/Evu0kAfzrc
— John Cardillo (@johncardillo) September 29, 2022
“Biden looked around a room for a dead person. Kamala is saying we have an alliance and important relationship with Kim Jong-Un. What an absolute disaster,” Greg price said.
Biden looked around a room for a dead person.
Kamala is saying we have an alliance and important relationship with Kim Jong-Un.
What an absolute disaster. https://t.co/7CU3a211qV
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) September 29, 2022
“@KamalaHarris, let me make this easy for you: Taiwan = Ally South Korea = Ally Israel = Ally Chinese Communist Party = Not our ally North Korea = Not our Ally Iran = Not our Ally,” Republican Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn said.
.@KamalaHarris, let me make this easy for you:
Taiwan = Ally
South Korea = Ally
Israel = Ally
Chinese Communist Party = Not our ally
North Korea = Not our Ally
Iran = Not our Ally https://t.co/kdAffFgEMJ
— Marsha Blackburn (@VoteMarsha) September 29, 2022
“Nothing like the veep thinking we align with North Korea,” Beth Baumann said.
Nothing like the veep thinking we align with North Korea.
— Beth Baumann (@eb454) September 29, 2022
“Seriously? How do you make this mistake?” former Georgia Rep. Doug Collins said.
Seriously? How do you make this mistake? https://t.co/ujnPuogFkK
— Doug Collins (@RepDougCollins) September 29, 2022
“Kamala Harris: ‘The United States shares a very important relationship, which is an alliance with the Republic of North Korea.’ Everything’s fine! North Korea was just ‘top of mind’ for the Vice President,” Rep. Troy Nehls said.
Kamala Harris: "The United States shares a very important relationship, which is an alliance with the Republic of North Korea."
North Korea was just "top of mind" for the Vice President. pic.twitter.com/7xh3XL37Sy
— Congressman Troy Nehls (@RepTroyNehls) September 29, 2022
His comment was a reference to what President Joe Biden did on Wednesday.
He was attending a conference on combating hunger and giving a speech when he mentioned a deceased Congresswoman, asking if she was there.
“And I want to thank all of you here, including bipartisan elected officials like Representative McGovern, Senator Braun, Senator Booker, Representative — Jackie, are you here? Where’s Jackie? I didn’t think she was — she wasn’t going to be here — to help make this a reality. And thanks to Senator Stabenow, Representative DeLauro for their leadership,” he said.
The reference was to the late Republican Indiana Rep. Jackie Walorski who was killed in a car crash in August.
"Jackie are you here? Where's Jackie?"
Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN) died in a car accident in August pic.twitter.com/cHc3b7zPmE
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) September 28, 2022
During her press briefing, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre was repeatedly asked about the mistake.
“What happened in the hunger event today? The President appeared to look around the room for an audience member, a member of Congress who passed away last month. He seemed to indicate she might be in the room. What happened there?” a reporter said.
“So the President was, as you all know — you guys were watching today’s event, a very important event on food insecurity. The President was naming the congressional champions on this issue and was acknowledging her incredible work. He had — he had already planned to welcome the congresswoman’s family to the White House on Friday. There will be a bill signing in her honor this coming Friday,” the press secretary said.
“So, of course, she was on his mind. She was of top of mind for the President. He looks — very much looks forward to discussing her remarkable legacy of public service with them when he sees her family this coming Friday,” she said.
“He said, ‘Jackie, are you here? Where’s Jackie? She must not be here,’” the reporter said.
“No, I totally understand. I just — I just explained she was on top of mind. You know, this wasn’t — what we were able to witness today and what the President was able to lift up in this — at this conference at this event was how her — her focus on wanting to deal with, combat food — food insecurity in America. And this is something that he was lifting up and honoring,” the press secretary said.