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Schumer Blasts Trump’s ‘Topsy-Turvy Foreign Policy’ After Kim Meeting

June 30, 2019 - 5:08 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – President Trump’s meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un isn’t going over well with Sen. Chuck Schumer.

“It’s disgraceful,” Schumer said at his midtown office on Sunday.

“Our president should not be exalting one of the most brutal dictators in the world the way he did,” the senator said.

"A wonderful meeting" is how Trump is describing his get-together with Kim at the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea.

As Trump was leaving South Korea and ending his four-day trip to Asia, he tweeted about becoming the first American president to set foot in North Korea.

"Stood on the soil of North Korea, an important statement for all, and a great honor!" Trump said in his tweet.

After their meeting Sunday, Trump announced that he and Kim had agreed to resume stalled talks on denuclearization in the coming weeks.

Beyond calling Kim a friend and saying it was an honor to meet him, Schumer says the strategy from Trump isn’t working.

“To go there and embrace Kim Jong Un, shake his hand, call him nice things, while Kim Jong Un is putting more nuclear capacity than he’s ever had. What kind of upside down, topsy-turvy foreign policy is that?” Schumer said.

Schumer says Trump seems to revere dictators while not showing much favor for those leading democracies.

He wasn’t the only Democrat blasting the president.

Former Obama Housing Secretary Julian Castro, a presidential candidate, wonders why Trump appears keen to raise Kim's profile when, according to Castro, Kim hasn't abided by past commitments about the North's weapons programs.

And Sen. Bernie Sanders, also a 2020 candidate, says he's not opposed to sitting down with America's adversaries, but he tells ABC's "This Week" that "we need real diplomacy" and he hasn't seen that under Trump.