Sen. Merkley on President Trump's summit: "he returned empty handed"


President Trump returned from the Singapore Summit Wednesday morning praising his agreement with North Korean leader Kim Jung Un on Twitter.

The president tweeted, “…everybody can now feel much safer than the day I look office. There is no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea."

But Senator Jeff Merkley says that statement could very well be the president jumping to conclusions.

"They didn't agree to a schedule for getting rid of their weapons, they didn't agree to any form of inspection. So far they've agreed to nothing and received a great deal," said Sen. Merkley.

Senator Merkley also says he's disappointed having a dictator on a world stage as a co-equal with the president of the United States.

Senator Merkley does, however, agree this strategy isn't worse than what was in place before.

"The president went completely unprepared. He returned empty handed. I will say that it's so much better to be attempting to engage in a dialogue rather than simply military or nuclear military threats, which is what we've been seeing," said Sen. Merkley.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will lead the next round of talks, which is expected to set up details to a denuclearization the president is expecting within the next two years.

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