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A GOP lawmaker said Sunday that he is concerned about President Donald Trump's sharing of a heavily edited video that spliced together several verbal pauses by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Rep. Will Hurd of Texas said that by sharing the video, Trump has escalated the debate over disinformation, which is "something that gets at the heart of our democracy." "You shouldn't disseminate information that you know is ultimately doctored," Hurd said when asked about the video during an interview on CBS.

Members of both parties criticized Trump's handling of North Korea after the president tweeted that he has "confidence" in Kim Jong Un and quoted North Korean state-run media's assessment that former Vice President Joe Biden is a "low IQ individual." Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., a military veteran who sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, cited the Memorial Day holiday in taking issue with Trump's message. "It's Memorial Day Weekend and you're taking a shot at Biden while praising a dictator," Kinzinger tweeted. "This is just plain wrong." Another Republican, Sen. Joni Ernst of Iowa, who is also a veteran and serves on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said she was disturbed by North Korea's recent missile test and by Trump's reaction. "I think Japan does have reason to be concerned, and I am concerned as well," she said on CNN.

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