President Trump was recently forced to walk away from a peace summit in Vietnam without scoring a deal with North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.
At first, Trump blamed North Korean negotiators and said they were too rigid on the total removal of sanctions. The United States imposes heavy economic sanctions on North Korea to prevent and deter nuclear advances.
On Sunday night, Trump hinted Democrats in the United States—thousands of miles away from Hanoi—may have disrupted the peace talks.
President Donald Trump suggested Sunday night that the high-profile Congressional testimony offered last week by his former personal attorney may have contributed to the collapse of nuclear negotiations with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at a summit in Vietnam.
Trump thus far has attributed his decision to walk away from those negotiations about North Korean denuclearization efforts to Kim’s demands for total relief from U.S. sanctions in exchange for incremental steps toward denuclearization — a retelling North Korea has disputed. But Trump on Sunday offered up another explanation for the abrupt end to his summit with North Korea’s leader.
Michael Cohen, the president’s former fixer, spent three days testifying on Capitol Hill last week, including one day of public hearings, appearing before both Republican and Democrat-led committees ahead of a three year prison sentence for lying to Congress and campaign finance violations, among other crimes.
Despite Trump’s second summit with Kim taking place halfway around the world, with a 12-hour time difference, Cohen’s public testimony before the House Oversight Committee about his time working for Trump loomed large over the nuclear negotiations.
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Trump took to Twitter and said he thought congressional Democrats used no discretion in choosing to hold the meeting while he was seeking to prevent nuclear war.
“For the Democrats to interview in open hearings a convicted liar & fraudster, at the same time as the very important Nuclear Summit with North Korea, is perhaps a new low in American politics and may have contributed to the ‘walk,’” he tweeted. “Never done when a president is overseas. Shame!”
In another pair of tweets, the president wrote:
“Presidential Harassment by ‘crazed’ Democrats at the highest level in the history of our Country. Likewise, the most vicious and corrupt Mainstream Media that any president has ever had to endure – Yet the most successful first two years for any President. We are WINNING big, the envy of the WORLD, but just think what it could be?”