Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said Sunday she thinks President Donald Trump is taking the “right approach” by negotiating with North Korea over its nuclear missile program.
In an interview on CBS News’ “Face The Nation,” the newest contender in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary said though she’s “grateful he’s choosing a path of diplomacy,” she slammed him for not being “good at it,” and called a second summit a “political stunt.”
“I’m still grateful that that is his choice as opposed to bombing North Korea,” she said. “So he is taking the right approach. I wish he would do it in a different way, with the support of allies, with the support of the world community, with the support of experts as opposed to… shoot from the hip. … I don't think the way he's tried to do it is the most effective. But I am grateful he's trying.”
On the protracted partial government shutdown, Gillibrand said she doesn’t trust Trump’s latest deal to end the impasse on border security funding by extending protections to recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.
"He's the one who got rid of the DACA protections in the first place,” she said, adding: “If he really cares about this, he would open up the government, stop the 800,000 people who didn't get a paycheck last week — stop their suffering.”
She asserted Democrats want border security, but that a wall isn’t the answer.
“If [Trump] wants to keep terrorists out of this country, if he wants to make sure there's no human trafficking and no drug trafficking and no gun trafficking, those are areas that we can work on,” she said. “We will give him money for border security. If he just wants to throw it down the drain an ineffective barrier, it's just unwise.”
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