Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) criticized President Donald Trump’s rhetoric on North Korea before quickly walking his comments back afterward.
Ellison, who serves as the deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee, told the audience at the NetrootsNation conference that Trump is acting less responsibly than North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
“North Korea is a serious thing,” Ellison said during a Q&A. “You have this guy making bellicose threats against somebody else who has very little to lose over there. Kim Jong Un, the world always thought he was not a responsible leader; well, he’s acting more responsible than this guy is.”
In an interview with the Washington Post immediately after his appearance, however, Ellison quickly walked the comments back.
“That was one of those I wish I’d not said,” Ellison told the Post. “It’s tailor-made for somebody to misuse. I’d say, he’s being incredibly irresponsible, and he’s putting us in a situation where you could have an accidental launch.”