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Trump rarely praises Dems, including Susan Rice, to leave Kim


Many prominent Democrats rarely praised Trump's president on Thursday after he left talks with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

The President shortened the Vietnamese high-level summit for a short time, refusing to meet Kim Jong Un's demand to eliminate all sanctions without first ensuring a meaningful commitment to liquidation.

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"Sometimes you have to go," Trump said at the individual press conference at the summit.

Even Susan Rice, former National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama, and a vocal Trump Critic, told NPR that Trump was making the right move, as the North Korean sanctioning needs would have been "a huge mistake."

"For the United States to agree to abolish all sanctions in the absence of real and complete liquidation, it would have been a huge mistake," he said.

Susan Rice, formerly National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama, criticized Trump's relationship with Russia.

Susan Rice, formerly National Security Advisor to President Barack Obama, criticized Trump's relationship with Russia.
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Rice argued that the best offer would be to phase out sanctions once Pyongyang took serious steps to stop the nuclear program.

Another frequent sparring partner is Trump, Nancy Pelosi House Speaker D-Calif.

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"I'm glad the president fled this," Pelosi said on Thursday at a press conference. "The outlook seemed vague."

However, Pelosi was critical of Trump because he did not urge Otto Warmbier, a student at the University of Virginia, to be held in North Korea in 2016. Warmbier was in a coma when he returned to the United States and died a day later. Trump argued that he said on Thursday that the North Korean leadership did not think of his treatment.

Pelosi said it was "strange" as Trump had taken the speech of Vladimir Putin's Russian president in the past to the US intelligence community in terms of electoral disruption.

Chuck Schumer, Senate Minority Leader, D-N.Y. Meanwhile, he tweeted that any deal with Pyongyang that "missed the full decryption would only make North Korea stronger and the world less secure".

Trump, who spoke in Hanoi, Vietnam, told reporters that he had asked Kim to do more for his intentions to eliminate and "was not prepared for that."

Trump specifically said that the talks after the North demanded the complete removal of US-led international sanctions for the formwork of the northern Yongbyon nuclear facility. Secretary of State Trump and Mike Pompeo told reporters that the United States refused to sign an agreement without the North's commitment to give up its secret nuclear facilities outside of Yongbyon, as well as the rocket and combat heads program.

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"It's about sanctions," said Trump. “Basically, they wanted the sanctions to be completely eliminated and we could not. They were ready to eliminate most of the areas we wanted, but we could not give up all the sanctions.

"I'd do much better than do it fast," added Trump, echoing his comments from the beginning of the day when he claimed that "speed" was not important. "We are in a position to do something special."

Fox News Chad Pergram, Gregg Re and Ryan Gaydos and Associated Press have contributed to this report.

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