Sen. Perdue Praises Trump on Leadership During North Korea Summit

Sen. David Perdue (R, GA) had words of praise for President Trump’s leadership during the North Korea summit. Sen. Perdue is a current member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Perdue:

“This critical summit is happening because of President Trump’s leadership and unwavering resolve to make the world a safer place. We want to move toward the objectives President Trump has laid out: total denuclearization, as well as a potential peace treaty to end the Korean War, with reunification talks down the road. President Trump and Secretary Pompeo deserve an enormous amount of credit from the global community for getting North Korea talking and engaging in a productive way. The Trump Administration has my full confidence as they move forward in these key talks.”

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Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

total denuclearization

Except there’s nothing in the agreement regarding CVID, just the same language NK has been using for decades now. For how upset Mr. Gucci Jean Jacket got about the Iran deal, which had an actual inspections regime, he seems very very willing to slobber all over this big ole pile of nothing.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Trump’s got the North Korean government to say the same thing they said in 1992, and all he had to do was to elevate Kim and NK as equals in negotiation, gush about how Kim is so loved by his people and not mention human rights abuses, and place a moratorium on joint SK-USA military exercises.

Trump is entitled to some time, but at some point the where’s the beef question will need an answer.

Jerry
Jerry

There are very few things I can give Trump accolades for, this is one. The dumb way of refusing to talk is hopefully in our history.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

We never “refused to talk” we simply had pre-requisites that needed to be met before we would agree to talk. The U.S. and North Korea have been talking for decades but we haven’t given them the honor of a principals level meeting because that would simply reward their bad behavior. Instead we’ve always conditioned it upon human rights reforms and shutting down nuclear/chemical weapons development.

bethebalance
bethebalance

I am curious if and how you differentiate the application of those principles to Cuban-American relations.

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

Cuba vs North Korea Cuba…you act as a government dissident you might get arrested NK…you get caught with a radio that can receive broadcasts from China…go to the gulag…and as an added bonus 3GENERATIONS of your family will go with you. There is absolutely no comparison between the two. We are the only country that sanctions Cuba. Every other country is happy to do business with them (except maybe the ones we threaten if they do). Cuba policy over 50 years has failed to topple the Castro family. They will both die in power of old age. Thats why the… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

I think I’ve posted this before; we have been talking to them, for decades:
https://www.armscontrol.org/factsheets/dprkchron

But I will reserve judgement for the moment. It’s just normal to have a certain amount of skepticism when it comes to NK, based on their past behavior.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

When Perdue was asked about Trump’s comment to ABC News that North Koreans love Kim Jong Un with “great fervor” here was his response: Tara Golshan Did you find it appropriate for the president to say that the people of North Korea love their leader and support him with fervor? David Perdue Well, I haven’t talked to the president yet since he’s going to get back tonight. So I’m not going to comment on anything that reporting said. Tara Golshan Okay, he said that to the press. David Perdue Yeah. Thank you. Jeff Flake at least had the cajones to… Read more »

atlindy
atlindy

As much as it pains me to say, I agree with you and with Flake on this.

atlindy
atlindy

Ugh. I will say it: we should never talk to the North Korean regime. Ever. That regime is only interested in remaining in power at all costs because if they ever cede power they know that at the very best they will lose their power, wealth and privileges and be kicked to the bottom rungs of any society they live in – they won’t be given posh accommodations in France like the “political exiles” of the 70s and 80s – and it is quite possible that they are charged with crimes for their numerous human rights violations and/or the families… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

While I largely agree with you on this, I don’t think China would overtly disown N.K. The last thing China needs is those NK nukes pointed at Beijing or Shanghai. And if NK sees the writing on the wall who knows what they would do, but there is a good chance they wouldn’t go down peacefully. Seeing as how I am an expert on foreign policy, my suggestion is to interdict their nuke capability by whatever means necessary, covertly if possible, and deal with the consequences. But it’s like the old “if you attack the king you better not miss”… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Get them to the point where they can’t pay the salaries of their army, their secret police and the other muscle that keeps the regime in place. Where they can’t pay the top level and midlevel government officials Want to know what goes out the window before government salaries? Investments in the agricultural sector, including farm subsidies that rural farmers use to keep themselves afloat. This is a country that has already been rocked by famines and food shortages in the 90s and 00s. We’ve seen that the result is. It isn’t pretty. The effect of this approach is the… Read more »

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

When is Perdue running again? I would vote for my dog before him. He is worthless and dumb as a box of rocks. He cant even pander well