A new video has emerged of Donald Trump joking about the treatment of the press by security guards of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
The images, from a pro-Trump Instagram account, are believed to be from a fundraiser for the Republican Party held on April 17 at the former president’s Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida.
According to The uprising, among other speakers at the event, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo – both seen as potential presidential candidates in 2024.
In the clip, Mr. Trump stands on a podium to feast the crowd with the story of his meeting with the North Korean dictator.
“He’s not in a big press rush. I don’t think he’s ever done it before,” said the former president.
“And the press came in and they were tough, not so much on him – not even so much on me – but the way they physically moved, they tried to push the guards down. And luckily, they were North Korean guards. They weren’t pushed down.
“It was a difficult day for the press,” he adds after chuckling with the audience.
Mr. Trump has a history of joking about violence against journalists, protesters and political opponents.
Maggie Haberman from The New York Times offers a different recollection of the events to which the former president refers in his remarks.
She notes on Twitter that the confrontation with North Korean security took place when her then-press secretary Stephanie Grisham lobbied for the White House swimming pool to have access to the leaders to observe what was going on. .
Video of The Washington Post shows North Korean security guards attempting to block access to US media and Ms Grisham is fighting to ensure reporters can get to the room where the leaders were meeting at the June 30, 2019 summit in Hanoi, Vietnam.
The shaky footage shows reporters and White House aides rushing by North Korean guards into the hall of the meeting venue as the guards try to obstruct their progress.