National Security Adviser John Bolton. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

North Korea called U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton a "war monger" and "defective human product" Monday for saying Pyongyang's recent missile tests violated UN Security Council resolutions, AP reports, citing state media.

Why it matters: As North Korea criticized Bolton for his comments, President Trump said at a news conference in Tokyo "good respect" has been built between the U.S. and North Korea. "I personally think lots of good things will come with North Korea. I may be right. I may be wrong,” he said. "We’ll see what happens."

The big picture: During an appearance on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders downplayed the significance of North Korea's recent missile tests, saying none of them have posed "a threat" to the U.S. or its allies.

  • Sanders also said Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un "agree in their assessment" of former Vice President Joe Biden, after Pyongyang state media called the Democratic presidential candidate a "low IQ individual." Trump tweeted the comments made him smile.

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Joe Biden speaks Friday about "The Biden Plan to Beat COVID-19," at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

This is one of the bigger signs of trouble for President Trump that we've seen in a poll: Of the final debate's seven topics, Joe Biden won or tied on all seven when viewers in a massive Axios-SurveyMonkey sample were asked who they trusted more to handle the issue.

Why it matters: In a time of unprecedented colliding crises for the nation, the polling considered Biden to be vastly more competent.

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Entomologists in Washington state on Thursday discovered the first Asian giant hornet nest in the U.S.

Why it matters: You may know this insect species by its nom de guerre: "the murder hornet." While the threat they pose to humans has been overstated, the invading hornets could decimate local honeybee populations if they establish themselves.