DNC Chairman Keith Ellison.
(CNSNews.com) – House Representative Keith Ellison (D–Minn.) said Friday that North Korea’s Communist dictator Kim Jong-un was acting "more responsible" than President Donald Trump. Not long after making those remarks, Ellison tried to walk them back.
Ellison, who also serves as the Democratic National Committee Deputy Chair, criticized the way Trump has handled the growing tensions between North Korea and the United States at the Netroots Nation conference in Atlanta, Georgia last week.
“North Korea is a serious thing. You have this guy [Trump] making bellicose threats against somebody else who has very little to lose over there," Ellison said during a question and answer segment of the conference.
"Kim Jong-un, the world always thought he was not a responsible leader,” said Ellison. “Well, he's acting more responsible than this guy is."
Immediately following his statements, Ellison spoke with The Washington Post, retracting his comments about the president.
“That was one of those I wish I’d not said,” he 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.”
Ellison also said that he believes Trump’s statements on North Korea could be potentially inflammatory.
“His rhetoric might make Kim Jong Un think that he needs to strike first,” said Ellison. “What we need is someone bringing calm to the situation, not spiking it.