The White House defends Trump saluting a North Korean general as a 'common courtesy'

A still from a video released by North Korea showing President Trump returning a salute from a North Korean general.Jason K. Morrell/Twitter

The White House is defending President Donald Trump’s decision to return a military salute to a North Korean three-star general as a “common courtesy.”

Presidential spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday that “It’s a common courtesy when a military official from another government salutes, that you return that.”

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