McConnell to Trump: Mind the details on any deal with North Korea

06/01/2018 04:30 PM

LOUISVILLE — As President Trump announces a planned summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is back on for later this month, the U.S. Senate Majority Leader has some advice — don’t want the deal too much.

McConnell spoke at the Greater Louisville Inc. 2018 Congressional Summit in Louisville on Friday, where he told those present that Trump should be weary of the details with the regime.

“If you’re a great deal maker be interested in the details,” McConnell said, adding that Trump inherited a bad deal on Iran.

McConnell said the negotiation will be “quite a challenge,” adding he believes North Koreans will seek sanctions lifted for as little as possible.

“I think for these situations to work you have to not want the deal too much,” McConnell said. “If you fall in love with the deal, and it’s too important for you to get it and the details become less significant, you could get snookered.”

McConnell’s comments came before the announcement from Trump on Friday afternoon, signaling the June 12 summit with the North Korean dictator would take place. Trump previously called off the talks with a letter sent to the regime.

After his speech, McConnell told reporters Americans shouldn’t “get our hopes up” that North Koreans would easily give up their nuclear weapons.


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