Democratic Candidates Slam Trump for Meeting Kim in North Korea

Sen. Warren: Trump 'squandering American influence'

After protracted efforts to making progress on a North Korea denuclearization deal, President Trump made a bold, and indeed historic move in visiting the North-South Korea demilitarized zone to meet Kim Jong Un.

With a huge number of Democratic Party candidates trying to differentiate themselves from Trump going into 2020, many are lining up to condemn Trump for the very idea of courting diplomacy with Kim, and not just accepting the status quo of generations of acrimony.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), accused Trump of “squandering American influence” by having such meetings, mocking him for “exchanging love letters with a ruthless dictator.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-CT) and former Sen. Kamala Harris both rejected Trump’s meeting as a “photo-op.” Julian Castro and Beto O’Rourke said Trump had nothing to show for meeting with Kim, with Joe Biden said he was “coddling” Kim at the expense of national security.

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) took this much further with his own comments, saying meeting with Kim in North Korea was like Neville Chamberlain going to talk to Hitler.

Author: Jason Ditz

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