Sanders says he has ‘no problem’ with Trump meeting Kim Jong Un at the DMZ

By Audrey Conklin

Democratic 2020 candidate Bernie Sanders said he has “no problem” with President Donald Trump meeting North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un at the Demilitarized Zone.

Trump shook hands with Kim on Sunday morning at the DMZ and became the first president to ever set foot into North Korean territory. The two also had a nearly hour-long private discussion following their public meeting.

“I have no problem with him sitting down with Kim Jong Un in North Korea or any place else, but I don’t want it simply to be a photo opportunity,” the Independent Vermont senator told ABC New’s “This Morning.”

“What’s going to happen tomorrow and the next day?” Sanders continued. “He has weakened the State Department. If we’re going to bring peace to this world, we need a strong State Department. We need to move forward diplomatically, not just do photo opportunities.”

Trump has been in Osaka, Japan, since Friday to attend the G20 Summit and hold meetings with world leaders like Chinese President Xi Jinping and Saudi Arabian Prince Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud. He hinted at inviting Kim to the DMZ in a Saturday morning Twitter post, just 24 hours before the meeting was set to take place.

“If Chairman Kim of North Korea sees this, I would meet him at the Border/DMZ just to shake his hand and say Hello(?)!” the president tweeted.

A North Korean official called the invitation “very interesting,” and Trump said he “got a call very quickly” about the offer, saying Kim follows him on Twitter and agreed to the meeting, as well as private talks afterward.

“We want to bring an end to our unpleasant past and bring in a new future, so this is a very courageous and determined act,” Kim said at the meeting. “This handshake of peace itself serves to demonstrate that today is different from yesterday.”

Trump said after the talks that “speed is not the object,” and the two countries want to see if they can “do a really comprehensive, good deal.”

“Nobody knows how things turn out,” he concluded, “but certainly, this was a great day. This was a very legendary, very historic day. It’ll be even more historic if something comes up, something very important. Very big stuff, pretty complicated, but not as complicated as people think.”

South Korean President Moon Jae-In said the meeting gave “big hope to the world” and the “80 million people of South and North Korea.”

“Through today’s meeting, the peace process for complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and establishment of permanent peace has overcome a big hurdle,” he said.

Content created by The Daily Caller News Foundation is available without charge to any eligible news publisher that can provide a large audience. For licensing opportunities for this original content, email

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons/Marco Verch

3 thoughts on “Sanders says he has ‘no problem’ with Trump meeting Kim Jong Un at the DMZ

  1. Bernie Sanders should be OVERJOYED to have Trump meet with a SOCIALIST/COMMUNIST leader.

    Sanders celebrated his WEDDING in the Soviet Union, and had breakfast with his SOVIET COMMUNIST cohorts in his underwear.

    Sanders is a SOCIALIST sympathizer from WAY back.

    He has done well being some sort of “Socialist”

    And SOCIALIST Bernie Sanders, with three houses, and a $70,000 Audie (supporting the GERMAN worker), and flying FOR FREE on private planes while spewing CO2 (his foundation is buying carbon offsets, a cost of “doing business”), and not liking a proper barrier to protect the US southern border (enticing future Democrat voters to enter), and having his own tax-exempt foundation (don’t pay me, as I would have to pay income taxes, pay my foundation!), and promising more and more goodies to his favored supporters, including forgiveness of student debt (setting a poor example for future behavior) to raise his poll numbers.

    He is campaigning for even more US-style Socialism to benefit his foundation, a la Clintons and a la Gore, all smooth-operating, self-serving hucksters!!

  2. Bernie approves because he hopes the President may learn from Kim and bring some of Kim’s outrageous ideas home. Rave on Bernie your foolong no one.

  3. Gezzum, the old fart commie never had a word to say
    about the criminal clinton Loosing 6billion dollars, Bengazi
    inaction in rescuing st.dept employees,Uranium One selling
    Nuke material to the RUSSIANS for profit of the clinton
    cabal and disgraced fmr. Pres. or how about the pallets of
    cash from the horse face kerry/obama admin? For burnee to even suggest a photo op as the reason for this when saying nothing of the before mentioned is just another failure at his supposed job to serve VT.

Comments are closed.