May 24, 2018

Schiff Statement on Canceled North Korea Summit

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee, released the following statement:

“While it is regrettable that we are back to comparing the size of our nuclear arsenals, the decision to call off the summit was the necessary result of a poor negotiating strategy in which the President made it all too clear to North Korea that he needed the summit more than the North Korean dictator.  This put the United States in a weak bargaining position in which the President was offering to protect Kim Jong Un, make him ‘very, very happy’ and otherwise undermine the U.S. position before the two parties even met.  Hopefully, the Administration can coalesce around a better strategy and negotiations can resume in the future.  Having created an increased nuclear threat from Iran with his abandonment of that deal, the last thing the United States needs is two nuclear problems at the same time.”