WASHINGTON -- Former US Vice President Joe Biden called out President Donald Trump Monday for calling the North Korean leader "short and fat."
In an interview on NBC, Biden, who served under President Barack Obama from 2009 to 2017, said Trump's remarks go against "common decency."
"Our leaders have impact on attitudes," he said. "And I just think it's a big mistake and it's beneath the office."
|Former US Vice President (L) and Chinese President Xi Jinping (AFP/Yonhap)|
Trump, who is wrapping up a 13-day visit to Asia, tweeted Sunday that North Korean leader Kim Jong-un had insulted him by calling him "old," when he would "never call him 'short and fat.'"
The two men have engaged in an escalating war of words since Pyongyang's July tests of long-range missiles and September detonation of a nuclear weapon that threaten the American mainland.
"We are admired not just for the exercise of our power, but the power of our example," Biden said. "And it matters, the way we conduct our discourse. It matters, the way in which we talk."
The former vice president has recently been reported to be open to running in the 2020 presidential election. (Yonhap)