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Pelosi: Kim Jong Un a 'Bully' Who Won't Follow Through on Threats

Pelosi: Kim Jong Un a 'Bully' Who Won't Follow Through on Threats
Kim Jong Un (AP)

By    |   Monday, 25 September 2017 01:49 PM

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi Monday declared North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is a "bully," while wondering why President Donald Trump is giving him a platform to make his claims.

"The president of the United States is, we've always said, the leader of the free world," the California Democrat told MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports" program. "I hate to see him giving a platform to Kim Jong Un. He's so beneath the dignity, Kim Jong Un, of this discussion about the safety of the world. You've been to be North Korea. I have. I'm one of the few people in Congress who has been to Pyongyang."

North Korea's foreign minister on Monday accused Trump of declaring war on North Korea and said Pyongyang reserves the right to take countermeasures, including shooting down U.S. strategic bombers even if they are not in the country's air space.

"The whole world should clearly remember it was the U.S. who first declared war on our country," Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho told reporters in New York, two days after delivering a stark message before the United Nations on Saturday.

Pelosi said that while she does believe Kim to be a bully, but she does not believe he'll "ever do any of these things" that are being threatened. She is concerned, however, that Kim is a "proliferator" and that the sabre rattling is his way of showing he has the scientific know-how to create weapons.

"That makes the world an even more dangerous place," Pelosi said. "So he's a bad actor. The president of the United States shouldn't be engaged in that kind of tit-for-tat with somebody as dreadful as he is. We always have to speak to our opponents and the rest, but to give him, to elevate him to a place that he has, I think was not the right path for the president of the United States to take."

Pelosi on Monday also discussed the upcoming vote on the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill, saying that while it does include language that says people with pre-existing coverage will be able to get coverage, many people don't realize at what cost.

"When they say people are covered with pre-existing conditions, you can get insurance," the former House speaker said. "If you happen to have advanced cancer, it will cost you nearly $150,000."

The Affordable Care Act could not use price to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions, the California lawmaker said, but that's what's happening with the new bill.

The "horror" of Graham-Cassidy is the price, she said.

"It doesn't prevent people from selling it to you, if you have $150,000 [for cancer], or for a heart condition, $50,000," Pelosi said. "I don't know who they're talking to, but that isn't a guarantee of access, if you have pre-existing conditions."

The bill needs 50 votes to pass in the Senate before Saturday, but after that, it will need 60 votes, but Pelosi called for lawmakers to fight one fight at a time.

"I think it's really important, as people are weighing in and again, the outside advocacy groups of patient groups and the rest, moms telling the stories about their children, children telling their own stories, that is what persuaded the Senate, the last time," Pelosi said. "We hope that will have an impact, that the people's voices will be heard."

Pelosi said she has a great deal of respect for Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and even more respect when he said he didn't want side deals brought into the deal.

"He's a great person, but I don't think they understand the complexity of what is it to deliver insurance so that people can have access to quality healthcare," she said. "I think it will lose in the Senate but it's not over yet."

Meanwhile, Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, after their meeting in the White House to discuss the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, are still fighting for the measure while a new executive order has been released banning travel from several foreign countries.

"It's worse than the previous Muslim ban," Pelosi said.

She continued that she's been in Congress since the days of late President Ronald Reagan, and he'd called for more family fairness.

"President George Herbert Walker Bush continued that," she said. "President Bill Clinton. President George W. Bush, one of the best presidents in respecting immigrants in the revitalization of America they provide. President Barack Obama following in that tradition. This is the first president in 30 years or longer, but just in modern time who has been anti-immigrant and it's really a very sad thing."

Hopefully, she continued, Trump will prove to be pro-dreamer and that will lead to comprehensive immigration reform.

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi Monday declared North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is a "bully," while wondering why President Donald Trump is giving him a platform to make his claims.
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Monday, 25 September 2017 01:49 PM
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