Local representatives cheer and jeer Trump Singapore summit
Jun 13, 2018 12:12 pm
Dan Freedman reports in the Albany Times Union that opinion is split among local representatives after President Donald Trump meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in Singapore. Trump agreed to end military exercises on the Korean peninsula, and invite the dictator to the U.S., while receiving a vague promise of more negotiations. “President Trump and the administration should be commended for groundbreaking efforts with the ultimate goal of denuclearizing the Korean peninsula,” said Rep. John Faso, R-Kinderhook. “There is a lot of work to be done and many potential obstacles. However, there is a renewed sense of optimism that this time negotiations will yield a different result.” New York Senator Chuck Schumer disagreed on the Senate floor June 12. “By granting a meeting with Chairman Kim, President Trump has granted a brutal and repressive dictatorship the international legitimacy it has long craved,” Schumer said. “For the United States, it’s permanent proof that we have legitimized a brutal dictator who has starved his own people,” he said. “If the United States is unable to win concrete, lasting concessions from North Korea, the meeting alone will be a victory for Kim Jong Un.” New York's other senator, Kirsten Gillibrand, tweeted, "I hope North Korea is serious about this effort and determined to join the international community. And I encourage the Trump administration to do the hard work of getting a strong, verifiable agreement. Read the full story in the Albany Times Union.