With Senate Democrats having already stated their intentions to interfere in the upcoming Trump-Kim summit, the House of Representatives now also has a bipartisan bill which seems aimed at complicating the deal.
The bill, which is being backed by Reps. Eliot Engel (D-NY) and Mike McCaul (R-TX), and is being called the North Korea Nuclear Baseline Act. The bill would require President Trump to present a full, detail report on every North Korean nuclear weapon, and where it is. The bill would also demand repeated updates.
On the surface, the bill is intended to clarify what the situation is at the start of US negotiations with North Korea on denuclearization. The bill comes with an implication, expressed by its proponents, that Trump is too eager for a deal, and will give up too much.
The point of the bill, then, is less about providing information than about giving lawmakers who oppose a North Korea deal ammunition to claim the deal can’t be reached. With Trump saying that the denuclearization probably will happen in several steps, these recurring reports would be a constant chance for opponents to argue it’s not happening fast enough.