President Trump is bragging of his brief trip into North Korea as massive foreign policy accomplishment. But not everybody seems to agree that the stroll into North Korea was the overwhelming victory that Trump tried to paint it as.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer slammed Trump’s DMZ meeting with Kim Jong-un on Monday night, calling it “one of the worst few days in American foreign policy, in American diplomatic history in a long time.”
When asked to explain his stance, Schumer told CNN’s Anderson Cooper, “praising dictators, messing up foreign policy left and right.”
“What he did in North Korea, giving Kim Jong-un just what he wanted, calling him a friend, patting him on the back and getting nothing, absolutely nothing, in return,” he added. “North Korea is still nuclear.”
Schumer went on to say “they have ICBMs, they have more nuclear bombs than they’ve had in the past. They are a danger to the United States, and he pats the guy on the back and gets nothing in return. His foreign policy is erratic; it’s done for the moment so he can get his little ego hit.”
Here’s a clip of that exchange:
Sen. Chuck Schumer on Trump entering North Korea: "This was one of the worst few days in American foreign policy, in American diplomatic history in a long time." https://t.co/mD8mFLVCpl pic.twitter.com/p5Zjn7s59t
— The Hill (@thehill) July 2, 2019
Negotiations with the North Koreans failed at a recent talk in Vietnam, and the nation appears to be still armed with nuclear weapons; even if their ability to send those weapons into the mainland United States has been doubted at times.
The most recent meeting between Trump and Kim appears to be more a spur-of-the-moment summit that didn’t include any substantial talks about denuclearization, even if it did signal goodwill.
Trump insisted that his meeting with dictator Kim Jong-un was a massive foreign policy achievement and that President Obama was “begging” for such a meeting. But former Obama officials said that Trump’s predecessor never seemed overly eager to meet Kim.