Trump Blames Democrats for Failed Summit With Kim Jong Un

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US President Donald Trump said on Monday that the Democrats' decision to interview his longtime fixer, lawyer Michael Cohen, on the same day as a meeting with Kim Jong Un may have contributed to the North Korea summit ending with no deal.

Although Trump, while in Vietnam, said he walked away from the nuclear summit with Kim because of a disagreement about economic sanctions on North Korea, he gave another explanation for the failure of the talks on Twitter on Sunday evening. 'Never done when a president is overseas.

"I ask that we find out the exact gap between the two sides that led to a no-deal at the Hanoi summit and explore ways to narrow down that gap", Moon said.

"For the Democrats to interview in open hearings a convicted liar & fraudster, at the same time as the very important Nuclear Summit with North Korea, is perhaps a new low in American politics and may have contributed to the 'walk, '" Trump tweeted Sunday.

Cohen, Trump's former personal attorney, testified before the House committee on government oversight on February 27.

Bolton said the leaders left on good terms and that Trump made an important point to North Korea and other countries that negotiate with him.

The North's main Rodong Sinmun newspaper previously reported that Kim and Trump had agreed to continue talks to resolve issues discussed in their Hanoi summit.

Since taking office, Trump has repeatedly complained about the military drills, saying they are too costly and the US bears too much of the financial burden.

The US and North Korea have offered contradictory accounts of why last week's summit in Vietnam broke down, though both pointed to American sanctions as a sticking point.

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"My opinion doesn't matter", Bolton told CNN's "The State of the Union."

"The prospect for success seemed dim in light of the insincerity of Kim Jong Un", Pelosi said.

The New York Times positioned its article on the Cohen testimony above its coverage of the Trump-Kim summit.

Some analysts say the conversion to smaller exercises and simulations will weaken the allies' military readiness when North Korea has yet to take real steps toward disarmament.

"The president's been very clear he viewed what happened to Otto Warmbier as barbaric and unacceptable and I think the best thing North Korea could do right now would be to come up with a full explanation of exactly what happened to him", Bolton said.

An example of that non-traditional diplomacy was formally unveiled Sunday when South Korea and the US announced they would not conduct massive springtime military drills and were replacing them with smaller exercises.

"I give my advice to the president", he later added.

North Korea's requests focused on rolling back United Nations resolutions passed throughout 2016 and 2017, which target the DPRK's mineral and food exports, fuel imports and contain other relatively broad restrictions on the DPRK's inward and outward bound trade. These projects provided much-needed cash to North Korea before the South shut them down during past periods of tensions.

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