Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) told PJM that President Trump’s “Twitter wars” and “bullying” might have “encouraged” North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to enter into peace talks with South Korea.
Kim and South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in met on Friday, marking the first time in more than 10 years that the leaders of the two countries met face-to-face.
“I’m absolutely optimistic. It was good to see the two leaders shake hands and cross over back and forth between North and South, so I think everybody should wish them the most success in coming up with an agreement,” Castro said at the Mayflower Hotel before joining the Creative Coalition’s #RightToBearArts gala on Friday. “But we’ve also got to realize we’ve been to this point at least a few times before in the last dozen years, and so hopefully this time it pans out.”
Following Kim and Moon’s meeting, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said that Trump “absolutely” deserves credit for bringing the two countries together, along with “great credit” to China.
Castro was asked for his opinion on Trump’s role in the talks between North and South Korea.
“Certainly the president and his Twitter wars and feuds and I guess bullying of Kim Jong-un, perhaps that encouraged Kim Jong-un to do this, too.”