Trump Blames Democrats for Failed Summit With Kim Jong Un

Saul Bowman
March 6, 2019

Former U.N ambassador and current national security advisor John Bolton made the rounds to Sunday morning talk shows defending the president's actions in Vietnam. He appeared to cast criticism at Democrats for holding a congressional hearing with his former lawyer Michael Cohen while he was in sensitive negotiations overseas.

"For the Democrats to interview in open hearings a convicted liar & fraudster, at the same time as the very important Nuclear Summit with North Korea, is perhaps a new low in American politics and may have contributed to the "walk", Trump said on Twitter.

KCNA made no mention in its reports about the summit held between Kim and Trump in Hanoi on February 27 and 28, although the North Korean media did mention the meeting on March 1, when they described it as "constructive" and "positive". The president first met with the North Korean leader in June in Singapore. A day after the summit, he said in a speech that South Korea will negotiate with the U.S. on ways to restart the frozen joint projects north of the border - a mountain resort and a factory park where South Korean firms used North Korean labour to produce goods.

Trump has said he ended the negotiations because Kim was demanding that all sanctions would be lifted, but observers note that the president has always been eager to find a scapegoat to blame for a perceived failure and has not been shy to question the patriotism of his political opponents.

"The prospect for success seemed dim in light of the insincerity of Kim Jong Un", Pelosi said.

"The president's been very clear he viewed what happened to Otto Warmbier as barbaric and unacceptable and I think the best thing North Korea could do right now would be to come up with a full explanation of exactly what happened to him", Bolton said on CNN. Yet, many worry the mere act of meeting with Kim legitimized him on the global stage. They say Mr. Kim is desperate to win sanctions relief to try to resolve his country's moribund economy and improve public livelihoods.

Washington and Seoul announced on Sunday that they will eliminate massive annual springtime military drills and replace them with smaller exercises, in what they called an effort to support diplomacy with North Korea.

A key problem, Clapper said, was that the US and North Korea haven't agreed on the meaning of denuclearization and what would entail for Kim's regime.

"We hope that the two sides will continue their dialogue and that the two leaders will achieve the settlement that was put off this time by meeting again at the earliest date possible", Moon said in a meeting of his National Security Council.

On Monday night, Trump also dismissed the idea that he discussed curbing joint U.S. -Republic of Korea (ROK) military drills during his summit with Kim.

"Trump, you have screamed no collusion and no obstruction of justice so many times, trying to influence others, that I think you really believe your own lies". "That was my position long before I become President".

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