Was President Donald Trump outwitted by North Korea dictator Kim Jong Un? At least one lawmaker on Capitol Hill thinks Trump got “played” by the communist leader.
According to a report from CBS News, following a party meeting involving Kim, North Korea announced it no longer feels bound to respect a moratorium on testing its weaponry, including long-range ballistics missile tests. Pyongyang said it’s ending the moratorium due to stalled diplomatic talks between North Korea and the U.S.
Kim has also claimed in recent days that a new strategic weapon will soon be revealed to the world that was developed by his nation.
Trump claimed in February 2019 that his efforts to open a dialogue with Kim should have earned him a Nobel Peace Prize, Reuters reported at the time, but it now seems what little progress between the two nations is starting to unravel. The recent changes in talks between the two nations, including the antagonistic nature of Kim’s words, has led Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-New York), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, to decry Trump as an ineffective leader.
Trump has been played time and again by Kim, taking advantage of Trump’s lack of strategy and reality TV diplomacy to gain concessions in exchange for nothing. https://t.co/cbiDBrk5EW
— Rep. Gregory Meeks (@RepGregoryMeeks) January 1, 2020
“Trump has been played time and again by Kim, taking advantage of Trump’s lack of strategy and reality TV diplomacy to gain concessions in exchange for nothing,” Meeks said.
In response to Kim’s words, however, the president has tried to appear unconcerned.
“He likes me, I like him, we get along,” Trump said at his Mar-a-Lago resort on Tuesday, according to USA Today. “He did sign an agreement talking about denuclearization…I think he’s a man of his word, so we’re going to find out.”