2020 democratic hopefuls slam Trump the meeting with Kim as a “photo-opportunity”, saying he is ‘coddling’ dictators

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President Trump says Kim Jong-Un, was the honor to have him step across the border to North Korea; John Roberts reports from Seoul, South Korea.

The candidates in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary aside their quarrels on Sunday – kind – of focus on a common enemy: President Trump.

Of Ex-Vice President Joe Biden on the former Secretary for housing and urban development Julian Castro, the democratic hopefuls, Trump ridiculed the third meeting with North Korean strong man Kim Jong – Un accuses the President of everything from “coddling” dictators to pose for a photo-opportunity.

“President Trump the coddling of dictators at the expense of American national security and interests is one of the most dangerous ways, that he Biden, declining to us on the world stage and degrade our values as a nation,” campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said.


Bates added that Trump reinforces the “behavior, we desperately need a President to restore our standing in the world, and heal relationships with key allies Trump has alienated and delivered real change for the American people.”

Trump and Kim met in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, and shortly joined the North – what to do to him the first sitting U.S. leader.

After asking if Kim wanted him to cross, Trump took 10 steps in the North with Kim at his side, then escorted Kim back to the South, for talks on “Freedom House”, where they agreed to revive the stalled negotiations.


The spectacle marks the latest milestone in two years of roller-coaster diplomacy between the two Nations. Personal taunts of “Little Rocket Man” (the Trump), and “mentally confused US dotard” (Kim) and threats to destroy another possibility-again, off-again talks, occupations, love, and flowery letters.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., tweeted on Sunday that Trump “should not be squandered American influence on the photo-ops and exchange of love letters with a ruthless dictator. Instead, we should be dealing with North Korea through principled diplomacy promotes U.S. national security, defends our allies, and human rights are respected.”


Sen Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who is locked in a tight battle for second in the polls with Warren, back to his Senate colleagues, “photo ops sought” comment and added that Trump “to the weakening of the State Department.”

“The Problem here is his incredible inconsistencies. I sat not a problem with him, with Kim Jong-Un in North Korea or any place else. But I would like it to not be just a photo opportunity, the whole world media is attracted to it was,” said Sanders during an appearance on ABC’s “This week.”


Sanders adds: “What will happen tomorrow and the next day? He has slowed, but the State Department. If we are going to bring peace in this world, we need a strong state Department, we don’t have to take a picture of us forward in a diplomatic move, easy to use.”

Another Democratic senator running for President, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, was skeptical that any substantive agreements, the interview with Kim come to fruition, of Trump.

“We want to island of the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, a reduction of those missiles, but it is not as simple as it gets, and you know, a hot dish over the fence, the dictator next door”, Klobuchar said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “This is a ruthless dictator and if you go forward, you have a clear focus and a clear task and clear goals.”


Castro, has seen a boost in his profile since Wednesday evening in the debate, also sharply criticized trump for the “raising the profile of a dictator like Kim Jong-Un”, so without any tangible gains to be made.

“It is worrying that this President is erratic and is a meeting without the staff the work done,” Castro said during an appearance on ABC’s “This week.” “It seems like it’s not all for show, it’s the material.”


The former Secretary for housing and urban development, added: “I’m for talking with our enemies, what’s happening here is this President, could the profile of a dictator like Kim Jong-Un, and now three times, visited with him unsuccessfully, because he’s doing it backwards.”

Kim, the suspect ordered the killing of his half-brother over a plot of land with a nerve agent at a Malaysian airport in the year 2017. Meanwhile, the United Nations said in may that about 10 million people in North Korea suffer from “severe food shortages” after the North had one of the worst harvest in ten years.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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