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Trump congratulates Kim Jong Un on North Korean election to WHO executive board

Former President Donald Trump celebrated North Korea’s appointment to the World Health Organization.

Trump made the remarks on his proprietary social media platform Truth Social on Friday afternoon.

“Congratulations to Kim Jung [sic] Un!” Trump wrote in the message.

Trump linked his message to an article from American Greatness about the North Korean official recently elected to the executive board of the World Health Organization (WHO).

The World Health Organisation

The World Health Organization (WHO) logo is seen near its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, February 2, 2023. (REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo)

The communist state’s new position on the board allows them say in determining the organization’s agenda and policy prescriptions.

The decision sparked immediate criticism from the government of neighboring South Korea, which pointed to North Korea’s history of ignoring policies put forward by the WHO and its parent organization, the United Nations.

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Trump and Kim Jong Un

President Donald Trump, left, meets North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in Hanoi.  (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

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The World Health Organization serves as a specialized agency of the United Nations, falling under the U.N.’s Sustainable Development Group. 

The organization was created in 1948 in conjunction with the U.N.’s creation and is given a broad mandate as the international governing body monitoring public health risks and overseeing responses to emergencies. 

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