Trump Links Michael Cohen Testimony To His North Korea Summit Failure

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un bids farewell to the crowd before boarding his train to depart for North Korea at Dong Dang railway station in Vietnam on Saturday.—Reuters

Last week, the summit between Trump and Kim was cut short after they failed to reach a deal on how far to grant sanctions relief in exchange for steps North Korea could take toward giving up its nuclear program.

US President Donald Trump said on Monday that the Democrats' decision to interview his longtime fixer, lawyer Michael Cohen, on the same day as a meeting with Kim Jong Un may have contributed to the North Korea summit ending with no deal.

Some of Trump's closest allies similarly criticized Democrats for holding a hearing with Cohen while the president was overseas. Sen.

"For the Democrats to interview in open hearings a convicted liar & fraudster, at the same time as the very important Nuclear Summit with North Korea, is perhaps a new low in American politics and may have contributed to the 'walk.' Never done when a president is overseas".

That was followed by an official visit to the country, where Kim paid tribute to Vietnam's late revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh.

"What he's trying to convey is that he's got a hard line to walk to negotiate with Kim Jong Un", Bolton said on "Fox News Sunday", arguing that Trump's statement did not necessarily mean that he believed what Kim was saying.

Bolton's evocation of progress was dismissed by leading Democrats, however, including House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff, who described the Hanoi meeting as a "spectacular failure".

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"I don't know one expert on North Korea that thinks anything could have happened to Otto Warmbier without Kim Jon Un knowing about it ahead of time, do you disagree?" Cohen used the hearing to slander Trump, drawing attention away from the historic summit.

Trump has repeatedly complained about the Cohen testimony and the escalating investigations of him since he returned from Hanoi without an agreement with Kim.

Bolton said Trump had been clear that Warmbier's death was "barbaric and unacceptable", although Schiff countered that the president's "obsequious comments" had compounded the summit's failure.

Asked whether that was his view, too, Bolton replied: "The president's view is he gave nothing away".

Washington and Seoul announced on Sunday that they will eliminate massive annual springtime military drills and replace them with smaller exercises, in what they called an effort to support diplomacy with North Korea.

But Bolton added that there was "no expiration" date on the diplomatic track with North Korea and that the continuing nuclear production did not reduce Washington's leverage.

"My opinion doesn't matter", Bolton told CNN's "The State of the Union." "While I believe the United States-North Korea negotiations will eventually reach an agreement, it's never desirable for a vacuum in dialogue or stalemate to be prolonged", he said, urging South Korean officials to find ways for the USA and North Korea to narrow their differences.

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