Trump draws rare praise from Dems, including Susan Rice, for the to walk away from Kim

nearvideo-trump-Kim summit ends early on discord over U.S. sanctions

President Trump and Kim Jong-Un to terminate their talks in Vietnam, after reaching the standstill on the degree of denuclearization in North Korea; John Roberts reports from Hanoi, Vietnam.

Several prominent Democrats offered rare praise for President Trump on Thursday after he walked away from negotiations with the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un.

The President, briefly, the much-anticipated summit in Vietnam, not cut, ready to meet Kim Jong-Un, the call for the lifting of all sanctions, without first securing a meaningful commitment to denuclearization.


“Sometimes you have to go,” Trump said in a solo press conference after the summit.

Susan Rice, the former national security adviser under President Barack Obama and a vocal Trump critic, told NPR that Trump has the right move as caving to North Korea’s demands for sanctions relief would have been a “huge mistake.”

“The United States agreed to lift all sanctions would have been in the absence of real and complete denuclearization, an enormous error,” she said.

Susan Rice, who served as National Security Advisor under former President Barack Obama has become critical of Trump’s relations with Russia
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Rice argues that the best offer would have been a gradual lifting of sanctions in exchange for heavy trains by Pyongyang to shut down its nuclear program.

Another frequent sparring partner with trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., offered measured approval for trump, the handling of the summit.


“I am glad that the President believed that,” Pelosi said Thursday during a press conference. “The Outlook is rather subdued.”

Pelosi, however, was critical of trump for not urgent, the issue of Otto and warm beer, of the University of Virginia student, was arrested in North Korea in the year 2016. Warm beer was in a coma when he was released back to the USA and died days later. Trump stirred controversy, said on Thursday he believed that the North Korean leadership aware of his treatment.

Pelosi said it is “strange”, like Trump has to interfere in the past, the word of the Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken over the U.S. intelligence community with regard to the elections.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., tweeted that any deal with Pyongyang, “fell short of complete denuclearization would have only made North Korea more & the world less safe.”

Trump, speaking in Hanoi, Vietnam, told reporters that he had asked Kim to do more in terms of its intentions to denuclearize, “he was not prepared to do that.”


Trump specifically said negotiations fell through after the North called for a complete dismantling of the US-led international sanctions in return for the shuttering the North’s Yongbyon nuclear plant. Trump and Secretary of state Mike Pompeo told reporters that the United States was not ready to make a deal without having to commit to the North, to the task of their secret nuclear facilities outside Yongbyon, as well as its missiles and warheads program.


“It was said of the sanctions,” Trump. “Basically, they wanted the sanctions lifted, in their entirety, and we can’t do that. They were willing to denuke a large part of the areas that we wanted, but we could not give up the sanctions.”

“I’d much added to rather be right than fast,” Trump, echoed his statements from earlier in the day, when he insisted that “speed” was important. “We are capable of something special to do.”

Fox News’ Chad Pergram, Gregg Re, and Ryan Gaydos and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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