Trump Links Michael Cohen Testimony To His North Korea Summit Failure

Minnie Murray
March 5, 2019

The White House national security adviser on Sunday described President Donald Trump's summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as a success despite the lack of an agreement providing for verifiable dismantling of the North's nuclear sites.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Friday his country would continue to work with both the United States and North Korea to reach a deal.

Lanny Davis, Cohen's attorney, declined to comment on Trump's tweet Sunday night.

But the president never specifically but the blame on Kim, which many lawmakers and Warmbier's family said the blame is to fall.

Rogers, who previously served as the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said he "completely" agreed that the move to end the joint military exercises was a concession to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Cohen, who was Trump's lawyer for a decade, called the president a liar, crook and racist during his testimony to Congress. Cohen used the hearing to slander Trump, drawing attention away from the historic summit. After talks fell apart over the issue of sanctions, Trump told a media conference "sometimes you have to walk".

"It doesn't mean that he accepts it as reality".

"Kim Jong Un. arrived at home on Tuesday after successfully wrapping up his official goodwill visit to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam", the official KCNA news agency said.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., a close Trump ally, broke with the president.

"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".

North Korea's requests focused on rolling back United Nations resolutions passed throughout 2016 and 2017, which target the DPRK's mineral and food exports, fuel imports and contain other relatively broad restrictions on the DPRK's inward and outward bound trade. Kim will be able to portray himself to his people and supporters as the charismatic head of a nuclear-armed power, not an worldwide pariah that starves its citizens so it can build weapons.

"The president's been very clear he viewed what happened to Otto Warmbier as barbaric and unacceptable", Bolton told CBS. "That's what matters, not my view".

"This the result of a president who is not prepared for these kind of negotiations, a staff that is not well-prepared and that is essentially flying by the seat of its trousers", Schiff said on Face the Nation. "Traditional diplomacy has failed in the last three administrations". But his call for partial sanctions relief to induce nuclear disarmament steps from the North has caused disagreements with Washington, which sees economic pressure as its main leverage with Pyongyang.

The national security advisor said that the next steps weren't clear, but that the US would continue the "maximum pressure campaign", while admitting that North Korea continued to produce nuclear materials.

"I give my advice to the president", he later added. These projects provided much-needed cash to North Korea before the South shut them down during past periods of tensions.

Asked during an appearance on CNN's "State of the Union" whether he takes Kim at his word, Bolton replied, "My opinion doesn't matter ..."

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