Diplomacy should be the cornerstone of any foreign policy. Backed by a strong military, diplomacy is essential to our efforts to build a safer, more prosperous world. That diplomacy, however, must be carried out wisely and in cooperation with our allies. I share the Administration’s goals of complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the North Korean regime. Regrettably, it seems that we have nothing today to show for our efforts other than a toothless statement and the same promises that the North Korean regime has already given and broken many times over to previous presidents. On the other side, the North Koreans were given legitimacy on the world stage, and a compulsive assurance from President Trump that the U.S. would suspend joint military exercises with South Korea.
This concession from Trump to North Korea is deeply concerning. The President would do well to remember who our friends really are. I feel no discomfort expressing my unease at the flowery language the President used again and again with Kim Jong-Un, who is perhaps the world’s worst human rights abuser, just days after disrespecting some of our closest allies. #SingaporSummit