President Donald Trump should blame himself instead of the Michael Cohen hearings for the failed North Korea summit, said former House Intelligence Committee chairman Mike Rogers (R-MI) on MSNBC Monday.
“I never think it is helpful to have, I don’t care what president’s in office, to have contentious hearings like that when there is some serious negotiations happening overseas,” said Rogers. “But I don’t believe for one second that’s why the talks collapsed.”
Rogers then blamed Trump for setting up Kim Jong-un as an international player, which he viewed as very risky.
“He went from that isolation -saw no light of day outside of the borders of North Korea- to now this international player, certainly in the region and that gave him stature for him to walk in and do what he did in those hearings,” Rogers said.
Rogers said the U.S.’s ending military exercises with South Korea was a victory for Kim Jong-un and North Korea, not a savings of hundreds of millions of dollars for the U.S., which is what Trump claims.
“I disagreed with it when they offered that up the last go around and got nothing for it, and now we will get nothing for it again,” he said and added that no matter how the Trump administration spins things, Kim Jong-un will view this as a “minor victory” for himself.
Rogers didn’t think the North Korea summit went well for the U.S. and that Trump made a mistake in his negotiation tactics because he has such a hard stance.
“I didn’t think this went well for the president at all, more importantly, for U.S. national security,” Rogers said.