A group of House Democrats, led by Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA), is going against their party’s leadership to support President Donald Trump’s diplomatic efforts on North Korea. They see the writing on the wall, and unlike their party leaders who seem hell bent on trying to convince the world that they are in charge of foreign policy current events on North Korea, this group is applauding the president for his efforts, and are actually being honest about certain elements in both parties that wish the president fails.
Fifteen Democrats in total on Monday sent a letter to Trump ahead of his historic summit meeting with Kim Jong Un, saying how they are “encouraged” by his efforts to bring the Korean War to an end, and to achieve the complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
“We are encouraged by your efforts to pursue direct diplomacy with North Korea with the dual goals of resolving the nearly seven-decade-long conflict and achieving the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula,” the letter said.
The letter also said that the group had concerns that some people from both parties sought to “scuttle progress by attempting to place conditions on the talks, including the insisting on full and immediate denuclearization or other unrealistic commitments by North Korea at an early date.”
“Requiring unreasonable concessions before talking, or early in the negotiations process, is precisely why this conflict remains unresolved,” they wrote.
The House Democrat letter is signed by Reps. Raul Grijalva (AZ), Barbara Lee (CA), Mark Pocan (WI), Pramila Jayapal (WA), Tulsi Gabbard (HI), Bobby Rush (IL), Zoe Lofgren (CA), Madeleine Bordallo (GUAM), Colleen Hanabusa (HI), Mark DeSaulnier (CA), Richard Nolan (MN), Karen Bass (CA), Jared Huffman (CA), and Jamie Raskin (MD).
Their letter stood in stark contrast to one sent on Monday to the president by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and six Senate Democrats, which said they would oppose any agreement Trump reached with North Korea unless certain and conditions were met.
Joel Wit, director of 38 North and a fellow at the Stimson Center, told New York Timescolumnist Nicholas Kristof: “The Democrats have gone overboard in the conditions they listed in the letter. … If they’re serious, it’s a prescription for failure because no one could achieve the conditions. It’s maybe payback for everything they were dealt in the Iran deal.”
The House lawmakers said they instead “emphasize the tremendous value of incremental progress” that advances the potential for future agreements.
The letter listed some steps these Democrats would endorse when combined with sufficient efforts on the part of North Korea:
— pledges or agreements to formally end the 68-year war,
— ending the practice of U.S.-ROK “decapitation” military exercises,
— support for important cooperative efforts such as vital humanitarian assistance; parliamentarian dialogue and exchanges; reunions between Koreans and Korean American families; and the repatriation of US servicemember remains.
“Such steps, combined with commensurate actions by North Korea, could help facilitate the phased denuclearization of the Korean peninsula,” they wrote.
They also warned that in the event of a collapse in talks, they would oppose any effort to wage war against North Korea, except in response to a sudden attack. So, now the Democrats are against war?
Unlike recent past presidents Donald Trump is not a warmonger. He has said consistently that he is tired of long, draw-out wars where we lose people and treasury, and we’re not allowed to win decisively. Unlike Barack Obama, who received a Nobel Peace Prize without even doing anything, and got us into more wars and conflicts than George W Bush, Donald Trump doesn’t think war has any part of the #MAGA agenda.
“Accordingly, we stand ready to provide support for potentially historic progress made through diplomacy, but will continue to stand with our ally South Korea in vehemently opposing any return to threats of illegal and unacceptable military action,” they wrote.
A recent poll shows that a broad majority of Americans – 70 percent – support Trump meeting with Kim Jong Un. That may explain why Democrats want to be a part of it.
It’s hard to believe that Democrat leadership would do anything to harm the denuclearization talks by injecting politics into it, but that was exactly what Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) did when he tweeted a remark that seems so pathetic it’s a wonder anyone takes him seriously.
“With ICBMs and nuclear warheads in the hands of North Korea, the situation is far too dangerous for seat of the pants negotiating.”
With ICBMs and nuclear warheads in the hands of North Korea, the situation is far too dangerous for seat of the pants negotiating. https://t.co/s1EtN48tvv
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) June 7, 2018
Trump replied to Schumer, “Obama, Schumer and Pelosi did NOTHING about North Korea, and now weak on Crime, High Tax Schumer is telling me what to do at the Summit the Dems could never set up,” in a tweet., adding, “Schumer failed with North Korea and Iran, we don’t need his advice!”
Obama, Schumer and Pelosi did NOTHING about North Korea, and now weak on Crime, High Tax Schumer is telling me what to do at the Summit the Dems could never set up. Schumer failed with North Korea and Iran, we don’t need his advice!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 8, 2018
Democrats and the Never Trump crowd will never give Trump the credit he deserves for the historic actions that are taking place right now on the Korean Peninsula. The good news is it doesn’t matter, because Trump is getting things done for the good of our country, and now the entire world, without their support. If these talks lead to actual denuclearization Donald Trump will have made the world a much safer place. #MAGA!