Trump’s comments were being condemned with criticism, with many urging cautions in glorifying the leader of one of the world’s most secretive and repressive states.
Joe Kennedy III, a US Senate candidate and grand-nephew of former President John F Kennedy, commented: “I shouldn’t have to say this but, no president should ever praise a dictator on Twitter.”
Although US intelligence strongly believes that Kim is alive, the government has not yet been able to confirm if it believes the photos were taken at Friday’s event.
Kim, who came to power in 2011 after his father Kim Jong Il died in 2011 from a heart attack.
Speculation about his health has been fanned by his heavy smoking, apparent weight gain since taking power and family history of cardiovascular problems.
However, the reports vary widely and are difficult to verify because of North Korea’s secrecy and distance from the world, and the way in which it treats the health of its leaders as a matter of state security. Read here.