Menendez Rips Trump Ahead of Summit: I Worry He’s ‘Dumbing Down Diplomacy’ for ‘Made-for-TV Moments’


Speaking with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Monday, Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) slammed President Donald Trump for his planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, warning that the country doesn’t need “made for TV moments” but instead serious efforts at denuclearization.

“You and several other top Democrats wrote a letter to President Trump raising your concerns about this summit,” Blitzer prompted. “Do you worry that the president will concede, what, too much to the North Koreans?”

“Listen, I want the president to succeed, but I’m deeply skeptical that the president, based upon his first summit with Kim Jong Un, is headed in the wrong direction,” Menendez began.

Then after noting that the reason that North Korea is not doing nuclear testing is not because of Trump’s engagement, he then stressed this was not the time for a “made for TV” moment.

“At the end of the day, we don’t need a made-for-tv moment,” he said. “We need a verifiable, enforceable, denuclearization, which means the elimination of all of North Korea’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles…The president walked away from the first summit without even a definition of what the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula is. So we’re going to a second summit in which there isn’t an agreement. The jumping off point by which you’d seek to seek all the other elements of an agreement.”

He continued on: “I worry that the president wants made-for-Tv moments. I worry that he’s dumbing down diplomacy at the end of the day and I am worried that for the sake of declaring a victory, he will give too much.”

Watch above, via CNN.

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