Vermont Socialist Senator Crazy Bernie Sanders praised President Trump’s North Korea summit calling the meeting a “positive step in de-escalating tensions” despite being “very light on substance.”
“While very light on substance, the meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong Un in Singapore represents a positive step in de-escalating tensions between our countries, addressing the threat of North Korea’s nuclear weapons and moving toward a more peaceful future,” Sanders said in the statement. “Congress has an important role to play in making sure this a meaning full and serious process and not just a series of photo ops.”
Sanders comments came after Trump announced an end to joint military exercises or ‘war games’ with South Korea in exchange for Kim’s pledge to begin working toward denuclearization during a press conference following the summit in Singapore.
“We will be stopping the war games, which will save us a tremendous amount of money, unless and until we see the future negotiation is not going along like it should,” Trump told reporters. “But we’ll be saving a tremendous amount of money, plus I think it’s very provocative.”
Sanders statement on Tuesday was a stark reversal to his statement on August 9, 2017 condemning President Trump’s tough talk with Kim Jong Midget.
“President Trump’s bombastic rhetoric is not appropriate when we are dealing with the possibility of a nuclear war that could kill millions of people. North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons and missile capability is an enormously serious issue and we need serious people at the State Department dealing with it. Our job now is to work with China and our allies in the region and around the world on a comprehensive diplomatic strategy to address this problem.”
It appears the Presidents “bombastic rhetoric” is in fact what has led us to this positive step and may or may not lead to lasting peace. At least for now President Trump has done what none of his 5 predecessors have done and started a meaningful dialogue with the Communist North Korea dictator.