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Van Hollen: Trump's 'Overheated Rhetoric' Aggravating NKorea

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By    |   Thursday, 10 Aug 2017 11:40 AM

The "overheated rhetoric and statements" from President Donald Trump to North Korea have only aggravated the situation and growing tensions with the Asian country, Sen. Chris Van Hollen said Thursday.

"They play into the hands of the North Korean leader," the Maryland Democrat told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program. "This is Kim Jong Un's game; this is something the North Koreans have done for 15 years.'

By using the same kind of rhetoric, as Trump did with his threats of "fire and furycoming as a response if North Korea attacks the United States, that elevates Kim, while diminishing the United States, said the senator.

Van Hollen, a member of the Senate Banking Committee, said he expects there will be hearings in both his group and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to discuss the North Korea situation, and about the country being under sanctions also approved against Russia and Iran.

"Many of us believe we need to go further in terms of the Iran sanctions model," said Van Hollen. "Remember, the UN passed sanctions on Iran. They didn't really bite."

The sanctions against North Korea also "didn't have any teeth," said Van Hollen, until secondary sanctions were added to punish countries such as China for continuing to do business with North Korea.

"Either you do business with North Korea or you do business with the United States, but you can't do both," said the senator. "That is what got people's attention with the Iran sanctions. That's what we need to do now."

In other matters, Van Hollen, as the new chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, commented Thursday that the issues between Trump and key Republican lawmakers such as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, show "they don't have an agenda that brings the country together."

Obamacare repeal, he pointed out, has the support of only 12 percent of Americans, and when that failed to pass in the Senate, people started pointing fingers at each other.

"This was the president who said he was going to bring to Washington the 'art of the deal,'" said Van Hollen. "Clearly he was not able to do that."

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