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Sen. Murphy: Trump 'Has Never Been a Dealmaker'

Sen. Murphy: Trump 'Has Never Been a Dealmaker'
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By    |   Wednesday, 13 June 2018 12:26 PM

Sen. Chris Murphy D-Conn., ripped into President Donald Trump for stopping joint military exercises with South Korea.

Murphy's comments came on Wednesday during an interview on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."

"The problem is this president has never been the dealmaker he claims to be," Murphy said. "His reputation in New York was that he would throw a lot of bluster up front, but then when he sat down at the negotiating table, he'd give away everything the other side wanted and that's how he found himself in multiple bankruptcies.

"That seems to be what happened here. Whether he did it ahead of time or at the spur of the moment, giving away the military exercises with South Korea, without getting anything in return, I think puts (Secretary of State) Mike Pompeo in a very difficult spot because it suggests that this negotiation is going to go equally badly if we get to the second and third stage.

"But frankly, a lot of folks think that what [North Korean leader] Kim wants is to just drag this out, to just give himself more time and to the extent that all Trump really cares about is these syrupy photo-ops.

"If he finds a way to set up a few more of those, keep Trump going, he may be able to get that time that he wants without ever having to give up anything in return."

Trump's decision to halt joint military drills in South Korea appeared to leave officials completely off guard in South Korea. And U.S. forces in South Korea did not receive any word on the cessation of training exercises.

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