Published: Wed, March 06, 2019
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

Trump says congress grilling of Cohen contributed to summit 'walk'

Trump says congress grilling of Cohen contributed to summit 'walk'

The news comes days after a second summit on denuclearization between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un broke down over differences on how far North Korea was willing to limit its nuclear program and the degree of US willingness to ease sanctions.

After a second summit with Kim in Vietnam last week, Mr Trump said he accepts the North Korean dictator's denial that he knew of Mr Warmbier's condition in captivity.

He was referring to his decision to leave Hanoi without making any deals with Kim over North Korea's nuclear ambitions. He accused Trump of being a liar, a racist and a con man, while also telling Republicans on the panel they would live to regret their support for the president.

Rep. Maxine Waters is doubling down on her call for impeaching President Trump after fellow party members fired off a barrage of requests for information from Trump associates.

In a series of late-night tweets, Trump labelled Cohen a "liar & fraudster", but also slammed the Democrat-led House Oversight Committee for ordering him to testify at the same time as Trump's summit with Kim in Vietnam.

Still, US National Security Advisor John Bolton told CBS's "Face the Nation" Sunday that the summit should be seen as "a success, defined as the president protecting and advancing American national interests". Trump also sat across from Kim as an equal, an image many felt was detrimental to global relations. "I don't view it as a failure at all when American national interests are protected", Bolton added.

Bolton said Kim was willing to make "a very limited concession" to dismantle its Yongbyon nuclear weapons complex in exchange for "substantial" sanctions relief.

Trump said he had to "walk away" instead of taking what he called a "bad deal".

Even if Sohae is being rebuilt after the failed summit, Kim isn't violating any agreement with the US, notes David Wright, co-director of the global security program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. The president first met with the North Korean leader in June in Singapore.

The meetings are to take place Tuesday through Thursday in Washington.

Bolton also appeared on CNN's State of the Union, where he defended Trump who said he took Kim "at his word" when the North Korean leader claimed he knew nothing about the alleged torture of imprisoned USA student Otto Warmbier.

But after returning to Washington, and seeing the largely negative media reaction to the summit, including about his answer about the death of college student Otto Warmbier, Trump went a step further.

"No, I don't think it had anything to do with it, and it took him two or three days to think that one up", Clapper, now a national security analyst for CNN, commented.

Waters, who Trump has repeatedly ridiculed on the campaign trail for her calls to investigate him, went after the president for numerous same areas being probed by the Judiciary Committee, including the firing of FBI Director James Comey and alleged obstruction of justice.

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