June 12, 2018

Kaine Statement On Trump Meeting With Kim Jong Un

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Armed Services Committees, released the following statement on President Trump’s meeting with Kim Jong Un of North Korea:

“I’m glad that they’re talking, but I’m concerned President Trump gave up too much without getting any specific concessions in return. President Trump’s quick willingness to cancel joint military exercises with our allies shows that he doesn’t understand how important these exercises are. I've got a son in the Marine Corps who has deployed overseas to train with foreign militaries. When you train foreign militaries, that's not a ‘war game,’ it’s training our allies to defend themselves both as a deterrent and so the U.S. won’t always have to be involved in foreign wars. We’ve seen no details on whether North Korea will disclose everything that’s in their nuclear arsenal or how we would verify each step they take to dismantle it, something that’s critically important in any deal with an adversary.”