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McConnell: Trump Should Submit NKorea Deal to Congress

McConnell: Trump Should Submit NKorea Deal to Congress
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 12 June 2018 06:26 PM

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday the Trump administration should submit any deal with North Korea to Congress for approval.

"There would be widespread interest in Congress for having involvement," the Kentucky Republican told reporters at the Capitol, The Hill reports.

"If the president can reach a significant agreement with North Korea, I hope it takes the form of a treaty," he said.

The majority leader said "precedent" existed for the White House reaching an arrangement without a treaty, but the eventual route officials take "will be up to them.

"But I do believe they'll need to come to Congress in some form," McConnell said.

President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un signed an agreement during their summit in Singapore that committed the U.S. to unspecified "security guarantees" in exchange for complete denuclearization.

Trump later told reporters he was ending the annual U.S.-South Korean military drills and he wanted to remove the 28,500 U.S. troops stationed in the South as a deterrent to North Korea.

Other Republicans said the White House should submit any deal with Pyongyang to Congress for ratification, including Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

"Assuming there is a final agreement, they've indicated that they would bring that agreement to us in the form of a treaty," Corker told the Hill.

Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn of Texas said he believed the administration "should" submit the deal for approval, while South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said he not only wanted "to see the details, I want to vote on them."

McConnell also tweeted about the summit: 

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