Trump Blames Cohen For Unsuccessful Disarmament Deal With Kim
President Donald Trump yesterday said that the congressional questioning last week by his former lawyer, Michael Cohen may have caused the failure of his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong, though his national security advisor claimed the Hanoi meeting was a success.
A high-stakes second summit to strike a disarmament deal with Kim broke up in disarray in Vietnam Thursday, with Trump saying, “Sometimes you have to walk and this was just one of those times.”
The summit took place at the same time a Democrat-led congressional committee was grilling Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer, who labelled his ex-boss a “racist”, “conman”, and “cheat”.
On Sunday, Trump said the hearing may have contributed to the “walk”.
“For the Democrats to interview in open hearings a convicted liar and 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’,” he tweeted.
“Never done when a president is overseas. Shame!”
Still, US National Security Advisor John Bolton told CBS’s “Face the Nation” Sunday that the summit should be seen as “a success, defined as the president protecting and advancing American national interests.”
He said the issue was whether North Korea would accept what the president called “the big deal” — denuclearizing completely — or something less, “which was unacceptable to us.”
“So the president held firm to his view. He deepened his relationship with Kim Jong Un. I don’t view it as a failure at all when American national interests are protected,” Bolton added.
The summit’s collapse followed the leaders’ historic meeting in Singapore that produced only a vague commitment from Kim to work “toward complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.”
According to senior US officials, in the week leading up to the Hanoi summit, the North Koreans had demanded the lifting of effectively all UN Security Council economic sanctions imposed on Pyongyang since March 2016.
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