Mike Pompeo Just Publicly Humiliated Trump For Claiming That North Korea Is No Longer a Nuclear Threat
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday directly contradicted President Trump’s claims that North Korea is no longer a nuclear threat.
After returning from his historic summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Trump declared in a pair of tweets that North Korea no longer posed a threat.
“Just landed – a long trip, but everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office,” Trump tweeted. “There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea. Meeting with Kim Jong Un was an interesting and very positive experience. North Korea has great potential for the future!”
But Pompeo told lawmakers during a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing that the hermit regime remains a nuclear threat, saying that Trump “intended” to say that the U.S. “did reduce” North Korea’s nuclear threat, when he tweeted his unverified claim.
“I’m confident what he intended there was, ‘we did reduce the threat,'” Pompeo said, according to CNN.
During the June the summit, President Trump and North Korea dictator Kim Jong-Un signed a document committing the U.S. to unspecified security guarantees in exchange for a denuclearized Korean peninsula.
Critics have said that the document was vague, and did not provide enough details on how North Korea planned to approach denuclearization.
Pompeo declined to give further details on the U.S.’s demands for North Korea at the hearing.
“I’m not prepared to talk about the details of the discussions that are taking place,” he said. “I think it would be inappropriate and, frankly, counterproductive to achieving the end state that we’re hoping to achieve.”
The Senate hearing took place after reports that revealed North Korea was expanding its nuclear facilities.