Bernie Sanders, Tulsi Gabbard Break with Pelosi on Trump-Kim Summit: ‘Important First Step’ Towards Peace
In a revolt against the Democratic Party establishment, anti-war leftists Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) are praising President Trump’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
After Trump’s historic summit — where he successfully lobbied Kim Jong-un to sign documents agreeing to “complete denuclearization” — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi released an unhinged statement in which she attacked the peaceful meeting as handing “Kim Jong-un concessions” and claimed Trump helped to “preserving the regime’s status quo.”
Breaking with Pelosi, anti-war leftists Sanders and Gabbard praised Trump’s summit with Kim, calling it an “important first step” towards peace and a “positive step in de-escalating tensions.”
While very light on substance, Trump and Kim Jong Un’s meeting is a positive step in de-escalating tensions and addressing the threat of North Korea’s nuclear weapons. Congress has a key role to play in making sure this is a meaningful process, not just a series of photo ops.
Diplomacy & peace are better than war. #TrumpKimSummit was historic & an important first step, with Kim committing to ‘complete denuclearization.’ But we can’t blindly take him at his word. Final deal must ensure complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization. Nothing less.
Diplomacy can be the difference between war and peace. Which is why it’s so important that we be willing to meet with anyone, even those who are not our friends, to further the cause of peace. There’s a lot more work to do. #NorthKoreaSummit
Trump and Kim spent five hours meeting in Singapore for the summit, where the end result was a joint signing of documents that commit the U.S. and North Korea to a “peace regime” in the Korean peninsula.
“We had a really fantastic meeting. A lot of progress,” Trump said after the meeting. “Really, very positive, I think better than anybody could have expected, top of the line, really good. We’re going right now for a signing.”
Donald Trump on Kim Jong-un: ‘I Think He Trusts Me and I Trust Him’
President Donald Trump says he believes that Kim Jong-un wants to denuclearize his country and feels he can trust him.
“I think he trusts me and I trust him,” he said in an interview with ABC News host George Stephanopoulos on Tuesday after his summit with Kim in Singapore.
Trump said that he would have left the summit if Kim had failed to agree to “complete and total denuclearization.”
The president also hosted a press conference for over 60 minutes after the summit to detail his meetings with the North Korean dictator.
Trump admitted it was fully possible that Kim would backtrack on his promise in 6-12 months.
“I think he will do these things,” he said, and added frankly, “I may be wrong. I may stand before you in six months and say, ‘Hey, I was wrong.’”
But Trump seemed optimistic about Kim’s intentions to shut down his nuclear programs, even though he admitted that it would take time.
“I think he will do it. I really believe it,” he said.
Trump opened his press conference celebrating the accomplishment of the historic summit, but said that his administration would keep “our eyes wide open.”
“Chairman Kim has the chance to seize an incredible future for his people,” he said. “Anyone can make war, but only the most courageous can make peace.”
The president repeated that he felt confident about his conversations with Kim Jong-un.
“All I can say is they want to make a deal. That’s what I do. My whole life has been deals. I have done great at it and that’s what I do,” he said. “I know when somebody wants to deal and I know when somebody doesn’t.”
The discussion of trust came after Stephanopoulos asked the president: “What other kinds of security guarantees did you offer?” Trump responded that he did not want to offer specifics, but “He’s going to be happy. His country does love him — his people, you see [ABC makes a mid-sentence edit] the fervor, they have a great fervor.”
Stephanopoulos shot back: “You say his people love him. Just a few months ago, you accused him of starving his people.” He recited Kim’s long list of human rights abuses, then asked, “How do you trust a killer like that?”
“George, I’m given what I’m given,” Trump replied. “I can only tell you from my experience — I met him, I’ve spoken with him, and I’ve met him, and this was, you know, starting very early and it’s been very intense. I think that he really wants to do a great job for North Korea. I think he wants to de-nuke — it’s very important. Without that, there’s nothing to discuss.”