Marine Le Pen hits out at 's critics as she praises US President's ...

Mr ’s actions and motives have been unfairly scrutinised and “impugned since the start of his mandate,” Mrs Le Pen said in an interview with the French broadcaster BFMTV when asked to comment on the US leader’s 2020 re-election campaign.

Downplaying Mr ’s reputation on the global scene as an agitator, the French sovereignist noted the American president had never allowed a highly-charged situation to spiral out of control, citing his disputes with North Korea and Iran.  

Mrs Le Pen said: “Yes of course we are worried about the increase in conflicts around the world, about the increase in tensions with Iran. But we hope that diplomacy will prevail. 

“With North Korea, my first reaction was ‘oh dear, things aren’t going to go well’. But in the end things weren’t so bad.” 

Mr has a hot-cold-relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The two men have hurled insults at each other over Twitter more than once, but also lavished praise on one another.  

Mrs Le PenMrs Le Pen believes Mr 's actions and motives have been unfairly scrutinised (Image: Getty)

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Washington is currently trying to persuade Pyongyang to unilaterally give up its nuclear weapons, but Mr Kim wants the administration to lift crippling economic sanctions on his regime first. 

In regards to Iran, simmering tensions between Washington and Tehran have boiled over in recent weeks, a year after the US abandoned a 2015 nuclear pact between Iran and world powers to curb Tehran’s nuclear programme in exchange for the lifting of sanctions. 

Mr , for his part, has also voiced support for Mrs Le Pen in the past, offering her his tacit backing in the 2017 presidential election, which

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