Bernie Sanders: It is ‘strange’ that Trump is more comfortable with authoritarians than democratic leaders

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Sen. Bernie SandersPresident TrumpDonald John Trump McCain rips Trump over trade, tells allies: ‘Americans stand with you, even if our president doesn’t’ Head of Canada’s auto parts industry association mocks Trump’s threat of auto tariffs Dem leaders condemn Trump after reversal on G-7 communique endorsement MORE had difficulty getting along with U.S. allies, but comfortable speaking with authoritarian leaders. Bernard (Bernie) SandersDNC panel adopts rule requiring candidates to run, serve as a Democrat Democrats’ ‘Do No Harm Act’ makes attacking religious liberty an election issue Sen. Sanders: Starbucks chairman ‘dead wrong’ on health care MORE (I-Vt.) said on Sunday that he found it strange that

“I find it very strange that President Trump has such a hard time getting along with the leaders of the world’s major democracies but feels very comfortable with despots and authoritarian leaders like Putin, Xi Jinping, Duterte and Mohammad Bin Salman,” Sanders said in a tweet.

I find it very strange that President Trump has such a hard time getting along with the leaders of the world’s major democracies but feels very comfortable with despots and authoritarian leaders like Putin, Xi Jinping, Duterte and Mohammad Bin Salman.

– Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) June 10, 2018

Sanders’ remarks come as Trump prepares to discuss denuclearization with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore this week.

Trump attended the Group of Seven (G-7) meeting in Canada prior to arriving in Singapore on Sunday.

The president slammed Canadian leader Justin Trudeau after leaving the summit on Saturday, saying the U.S. would not endorse a joint communique signed with the other G7 members.

“Based on Justin’s false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our U.S. farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!” Trump said in a tweet.

Based on Justin’s false statements at his news conference, and the fact that Canada is charging massive Tariffs to our U.S. farmers, workers and companies, I have instructed our U.S. Reps not to endorse the Communique as we look at Tariffs on automobiles flooding the U.S. Market!

– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 9, 2018

Trudeau had previously said that all members had signed on to a joint statement at the summit’s conclusion.

Trump also broke with allies in the G7 on Friday, when he called for Russia to be reinstated into the group.

Russia was removed from the then-Group of Eight in 2014 in an effort to punish Moscow for annexing Crimea and supporting pro-Kremlin separatists in eastern Ukraine.