Would it be too much to ask that House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi show some degree of support for President Trump’s attempt to achieve denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula following his historic summit in Singapore – apparently not, because she trashed the president’s diplomatic efforts with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un, claiming he had conceded too much to the regime.
The would-be Speaker of the House complained that Trump had insulted American allies and sidelined the experts at the State Department, Breitbart reports.
Pelosi’s full statement, as reported by Alex Moe of NBC News, is as follows:
Nuclear nonproliferation is a pillar of America’s national security. We respect any serious and real diplomatic efforts to achieve that goal on the Korean peninsula. Apparently, the President just handed Kim Jong-un concessions in exchange for vague promises that do not approach a clear and comprehensive pathway to denuclearization and non-proliferation.
In his haste to reach an agreement, President Trump elevated North Korea to the level of the United States while preserving the regime’s status quo. The millions of families currently living in fear of nuclear weapons in the region deserve strong and smart leadership built-in diplomacy and engagement with our regional partners and allies.
The president’s marginalization of the State Department and his habitual disparaging of our allies as demonstrated at the G7 Forum hinders a lasting, stable pathway to peace.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi critical of President Trump’s North Korea Summit pic.twitter.com/irMHqLlUjm
— Alex Moe (@AlexNBCNews) June 12, 2018
Twitter followers did not appreciate Pelosi’s criticism of President Trump.
The woman would clearly rather have North Korea firing nukes into Guam so she could blame @potus.
— Just Mandy (@JustMandySA) June 12, 2018
What the heck Nancy, remember just a few months ago people in SF were freaking out because they were going to get destroyed by a nuclear missile? Stop playing politics and support a move toward peace. It’s peace or war, which do you support?
— Sherri (@SociallySherri) June 12, 2018
Why doesn't this senile woman know what is actually going on?
— Brian O'Malley (@applecharlie5) June 12, 2018
Pelosi did not stipulate which concessions Trump had made. The U.S. did not relax sanctions –as the Obama administration had with Iran merely to start negotiations — and U.S. allies in the region were generally encouraged by the historic the talks.
On Tuesday, South Korea praised the summit: “”[The] Agreement will be recorded as a historic event that has helped break down the last remaining Cold War legacy on earth. It is a great victory achieved by both the United States and the two Koreas, and a huge step forward for people across the world.”
In 2015, Pelosi called the Iran deal a “diplomatic masterpiece.” A decade earlier, she traveled to Syria to hold talks with Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, who later slaughtered hundreds of thousands of his own people.
Senate Democrats issued a list of demands last week that they said any agreement with North Korea would have to meet to earn their support. The Iran deal violated every one of them.