Sen. Amy Klobuchar on NKorea: ‘Toughness Is Just Not Saying Things by Tweet,’ It’s Results

By Melanie Arter | July 1, 2019 | 2:24pm EDT
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( – Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) told CNN’s “State of the Union with Jake Tapper” on Sunday that she doesn’t have a problem with President Donald Trump meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, but she said toughness is getting results.

“I think any discussions are helpful. I don't think that is bad on its own. My problem is that this fits a pattern that we're seeing with this administration across the world. Toughness is just not saying things by tweet. Toughness is results and standing true to our country,” she said.


“So, after tweeting an invitation, the president had this meeting with Kim Jong-un. Just hours ago, they announced -- he announced that both sides have agreed to restart talks. You have frequently criticized the president for diplomacy by tweet, but did it work in this case?” CNN’s Brianna Keilar asked.

“I don't think we know if it works until there's results, and we have seen a history here, especially in this case, where Donald Trump announces these summits, and nothing really comes out of it. Of course, as a country, we want this to work. We want to see a denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, a reduction in these missiles, but it is not as easy as just going and bringing a hot dish over the fence to the dictator next door,” Klobuchar said.



“This is a ruthless dictator. and, when you go forward, you have to have clear focus and a clear mission and clear goals, and that has been our problem so far. The president will meet with him. That is fine. It is always good to talk to people when you're dealing with something so important as nuclear weapons, but then we have no clear path and nothing comes out of it, and so I hope that will change,” she said.

“I would think working with our allies would make it better, but let's be honest here. In May, they were launching missiles into the sea, in violation of a U.N. resolution. I mean, that just happened,” the senator said.

Klobuchar said Trump was coddling Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit, “making jokes about getting rid of journalists to a man who actually has been involved in -- with thugs who have killed and poisoned journalists and human rights activists.”

“He was again talking about -- making jokes about meddling in our election, when, in fact, they used a cyberattack, maybe not tanks or missiles, but Russia did that. And you have hundreds of thousands of Americans that have lost their lives fighting for our freedom to vote and our democracy, four little girls in a church in Birmingham killed at the height of civil rights movement, when, in fact, people were trying to stand up for our right to vote and other economic and racial justice concerns,” she said.

“That is what this country has been about. We stand up for our rights, and so I think making jokes about it, it wasn't a joke. It is an attack, and that is what you saw throughout the G20, culminating in the U.S. being the only country of the 20 not to sign on to the international climate change agreement. Nineteen of them have. So what I see is more and more erosion of our work with the rest of the world,” Klobuchar said.

“It is fine that he wants to talk to Kim Jong-un on the phone. OK, fine. He wants to go meet with him, but you look at it overall, the withdrawal from the Iranian agreement, the havoc that that has wrought, where we were 10 minutes away from potentially getting into a war, those are my concerns about the way he conducts foreign policy around the world,” she said.



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