May 14–U.S. Senate Homeland Security Committee chairman Ron Johnson is hailing President Donald Trump’s plan to pursue diplomacy with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un by meeting him face-to-face.
Trump recently announced he will meet with Kim in Singapore next month. It would be the first face-to-face North Korea-U.S. summit since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.
At the Republican Party of Wisconsin convention Saturday, Johnson, R-Oshkosh, said he “absolutely” approves of the meeting and “you have to give President Trump a great deal of credit” for it.
“It’s his maximum pressure campaign that’s really brought Kim Jong Un to the negotiating table,” Johnson said of Trump. “Hopefully Kim Jong Un will come to the negotiating table in good faith.”
The regime recently released three Korean-Americans who had been imprisoned for more than a year in North Korea. Kim also has suspended nuclear and missile tests and put his nuclear program up for negotiation, but questions remain about how serious his offer is.
The regime and its predecessors have a long history of violating pledges made to curb its nuclear program.
Trump has said he is envisioning “a very special moment for world peace” and is aiming for “de-nuclearization” of the entire Korean peninsula.
The summit has triggered an about-face in Trump’s rhetoric about Kim, who he recently described as “very honorable.” Trump previously labeled Kim a “maniac,” a “madman” and “Little Rocket Man.”
Johnson said he isn’t worried by Trump’s rhetorical flip-flops on Kim.
“President Trump has a certain negotiating style,” Johnson said. “And let’s face it, the proof will be in the pudding.
“He’s going to be sitting down, which I think is better than not sitting down — particularly when you consider how horrific military action would be.”
This article provided by NewsEdge.