President Donald Trump is "cautiously optimistic" about the results from his second summit with North Korean Chairman Kim Jong Un, but "rather than ignore it and naively look the other way," the president is engaging Kim, presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway said Wednesday.
"The goal here is to denuclearize the Korean peninsula, something other presidents failed to do, put an end to 70 years of war in Korea and try to thaw relations so we're all safer," Conway told Fox News' "Fox and Friends." "It was President (Barack) Obama who told President-Elect Trump his number one challenge would be North Korea."
The sanctions on North Korea remain in place, said Conway, and "this president, as you know, is willing to engage with leaders around the world to greater ends. The denuclearization, the verifiable, complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula benefits everyone."
The meetings are also "transparent," said Conway, and "dozens of press from around the world" are in Hanoi for the summit. But she said she hopes that the media will focus on the issues at hand and not on matters back home, including the testimony coming from former Trump attorney Michael Cohen on Capitol Hill Wednesday.
"I only hope (they focus) on issues at hand and didn't fly halfway around the world to ask questions they could have asked here," said Conway.
TV screens will likely be split between Trump in North Korea and Cohen in Washington, and Conway said she doesn't know how the two matters are put on the same "gravity of weight."
"One is the president of the United States, the commander-in-chief trying to continue the conversation about denuclearization," she said. "The other is someone who the president spoke very strongly about yesterday, very negatively in a statement through his press secretary Sarah Sanders."
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