Published: Tue, March 05, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

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

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

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that the Democrats' decision to arrange a congressional hearing for his former personal attorney Michael Cohen, on the same day as his meeting with DPRK leader Kim Jong Un, may have contributed to the summit ending with no deal.

When asked about Cohen's testimony at a press conference on Thursday in Hanoi after Trump had abruptly chose to end the summit early, the president called the allegations "incorrect" and criticised the decision to have the hearing while he was away.

Hwang said Monday the exercises were canceled through a single phone call between military chiefs, calling the move the "worst" decision for national security; North Korea still retains nuclear weapons, as well as conventional weapons that can target the South, he added. After talks fell apart over the issue of sanctions, Trump told a media conference "sometimes you have to walk".

After talks between Trump and Kim Jong-un failed last week, the White House said Trump had to "walk" away from from negotiations because Kim wouldn't budge on its request to drop sanctions against North Korea.

On Sunday, he said the hearing may have contributed to the breakdown.

"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. "He is a cheat", Cohen said of his former boss.

But U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton appeared on several Sunday morning talk shows to say last week's summit between Trump and Kim was not a failure, even though talks fell apart with no agreements.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will visit Russia, according to the press secretary of the Russian president who did not share dates or other details of the trip. He also told CBS's Face the Nation, "The president held firm to his view". He deepened his relationship with Kim Jong Un.

As Cohen testified, Trump was meeting with Kim in Hanoi.

According to a senior U.S. official, Pyongyang in return offered only to close down "a portion of the Yongbyon complex", a sprawling site covering multiple nuclear facilities - and the North is believed to have other uranium enrichment plants.

But Pyongyang put a narrower denuclearization option on the table, more focused on "the Yongbyon complex which includes an aging nuclear reactor and some percentage of their uranium enrichment plutonium reprocessing capabilities", Bolton said.

"Firstly, complete dismantlement of the Yongbyon nuclear facility was discussed".

The IAEA uses methods including satellite imagery to monitor North Korea's nuclear programme. McCarthy was on ABC's "This Week", and Schiff was on CBS. So I think that that's a stretch.

Compounding criticism of the summit, Trump sparked a firestorm by his remarks on the case of an American student tortured and left in a coma in North Korea.

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