North Korea criticizes Trump administration as a racist billionaire’s club

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North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un speaks during a New Year's Day speech. KCNA / via REUTERS

North Korea has criticized the administration of President Donald Trump for being a billionaire’s club that carries policies of racism and aggravates existing social inequalities in the United States.

In a report titled “White Paper on Human Rights Violations in the U.S. in 2017,” the Institute of International Studies in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea claimed that racial discrimination in the U.S. has become worse since Trump took office last year.

“Racial discrimination and misanthropy are serious maladies inherent to the social system of the U.S., and they have been aggravated since Trump took office,” said the paper, which was published on Wednesday. “The racial violence that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12 is a typical example of the acme of the current administration’s policy of racism.”

In a summary of the report, released by the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), it accused Trump of filling his cabinet with billionaires. These include Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, who was a former private equity investor, Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, was formerly a Goldman Sachs investor, and Secretary of Defense James Mattis.

According to the paper, the combined assets of the current administration’s public servants from the level of deputy secretary and above reach $14 billion.

The paper also cited unemployment and homelessness in the U.S., saying that an “absolute majority of the working masses, deprived of elementary rights to survival, are hovering in the abyss of a nightmare.”

The report was published following Trump’s criticism of North Korea’s human rights abuses during his State of the Union address.

“No regime has oppressed its own citizens more totally or brutally than the cruel dictatorship in North Korea,” Trump said in his address Tuesday night. Trump also invited Ji Seong-ho, a North Korean defector, as one of his guests of honor in the State of the Union address.