Rep Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass) and Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ) sat down with SiriusXMRadio host Dean Obeidallah to talk about President Donald Trump’s meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
Kennedy said that President Trump basically played right into Kim Jong-un hands.
“Trump has ceded a lot and got no specifics and guarantees in return and that’s a big problem,” Kennedy said. “Apparently, he has reframed our military exercises with South Korea…as provocative which no American President, Democrat or Republican, has ever done. He has handed a rhetorical weapon to the North Koreans. He has ceded ground here and the big winner here is China. It was compelling television, but much like everything else with this administration, there is nothing there.”
President Donald Trump defended Kim Jong-un’s oppressive action by saying: “Yeah, but so have a lot of other people … have done some really bad things.”
Gallego asserted that President Trump has a dictator like qualities.
“Let’s not be surprised. Given power, this President would actually try to be a full dictator. You have seen him trying to destroy the norms and checks and balances that exist. He has basically kowtowed the Republican Congress to do their constitutional duties to keep the executive in check,” Gallego said.
Gallego continued: “This guy could unravel everything that we have fought for to make this country the modern democracy that it is. And the fact that he says this about Kim Jong-un the fact that he basically is in love with Putin. These are people that are “strong men.” The natural tendency for a democratically elected president is to see them as aberrations to governance not as someone you look up to.”
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