President Donald Trump said a deal with North Korea could be very good for the world a day after agreeing to meet with Kim Jong Un, but as the smoke cleared from his latest spontaneous paroxysm the likelihood of in the coming weeks.
He tweeted on Saturday: “The deal with North Korea is very much in the making and will be, if completed, a very good one for the World. Time and place to be determined.”
South Korea’s national security adviser Chung Eui Yong was at the White House when he informed Trump about Kim’s desire to meet with him to discuss denuclearization following talks in Pyongyang.
The announcement on Twitter came before Trump learn that North Korea has always wanted a face-to-face meeting with the American president, but the U.S. has always imposed conditions.
In the past, Trump confused the antagonistic North Korea with US-ally South Korea, and he demanded a $1 billion trade concession from China instead of the $100 billion he was supposed to seek.
Press Secretary Sarah Sanders eventually told reporters Trump won’t meet with North Korea unless the hermit nation makes firm concessions in advance, but while the confusion swirled amid Oval Office obfuscation, a number of observers grew rather alarmed.
U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, expressed “deep concerns about President Trump’s ability to engage in the clear-eyed diplomacy necessary to achieve a (verifiable) denuclearized North Korea and protect American national security interests and those of our allies.”
Menendez authored the North Korea Sanctions Act, legislation that failed to stop Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions or address its cyber warfare capability, according to Lisa McCormick, the only announced Democrat challenging Menendez in the primary election, shared similar concerns in a series of posts on Twitter.
“No US president has ever met with a North Korean leader,” said McCormick. “This is a big giveaway without any assurance of a return.”
U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) voiced support for Trump’s decision to meet with Kim Jong Un but issued this warning to the dictator: “The worst possible thing you can do is meet with President Trump in person and try to play him. If you do that, it will be the end of you — and your regime.”
“The price of admission for a meeting between @POTUS and Kim Jong Un must be the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean peninsula,” said Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colorado), while another Republican, Rep. Luke Messer (R-Indiana ) expressed hope that Trump would earn a Noble Peace Prize..
Sen. Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts) said, “The President must abandon his penchant for unscripted remarks and bombastic rhetoric to avoid derailing this significant opportunity for progress.”
Rep. Rick Larsen, a Democrat from Washington, made a cynical prediction that this “Will not end well” in reaction to former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau’s assertion that Trump “Hasn’t made a single deal as President. Not one.”
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