Dmitry Kiselyov, whose weekly news review show on Russia's state-run broadcaster has served as one of the most widely-watched pro-Kremlin programs in Russian Federation, turned his attention to North Korea last week.
"The world is a hair's breadth from nuclear war", Kiselyov warned.
When asked if Trump will act alone on North Korea or whether the U.S. Congress will be involved in the process, Spicer said, "I think he's going to utilize the powers under Article II of the Constitution".
Newsmax reports, "In the latest sign of the Kremlin's abrupt about-face on its erstwhile American hero, Kiselyov pronounced Trump "more dangerous" than his North Korean counterpart". On Sunday, they said he was scarier than North Korea's Kim Jong-Un.
"He (Kim Jong-Un) is after all on his home territory", said Kiselyov.
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Dmitry Peskov told reporters on April 17 that comments made by Channel One's anchor Dmitry Kiselyov often, but not always, matched Kremlin thinking.
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According to Kiselyov, there is some overlap between the behavior and personality of the two world leaders.
Other state-controlled and pro-Kremlin media have walked back their initial euphoria for Trump in recent weeks too, but Kiselyov tends to set the tone for everyone else and his intervention is the most robust on Trump yet.
"The U.S. missile strike on Syria was a "cold shower" for many Russians", said Valery Fedorov, the general director of Russian pollster VTsIOM.
He continued, "I hope there's going to be peace, but they've been talking with this gentleman for a long time", in reference to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
Officials privately say they regard many of Trump's policy positions as no different to, or tougher than, Obama's. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi called Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to plea for help.
Since then, Channel One and other Russian Federation media firms have become increasingly critical of the US president.
President Donald Trump will not allow North Korea to threaten any US allies or its partners in the region, US Department of State Acting Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Susan Thornton said in a press briefing on Monday.