Obama's intelligence director laughs at Trump's claim that former president was BEGGED to meet Kim Jong Un: & # 39; That's news for me & # 39;
The former director of national intelligence for Barack Obama said Sunday morning that the former president never said he wanted to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
James Clapper responded to CNN & # 39; s State of the Union to Donald Trump's allegations that Obama begged to meet Kim while he was still president.
& # 39; In all the deliberations that I participated in North Korea during the Obama administration, I can never remember where President Obama has ever shown any interest in meeting with President Kim, & # 39; Clapper told CNN on Sunday morning.
& # 39; I just – that's news to me & # 39 ;, the former intelligence director continued with snickers.
Former intelligence director laughed at President Trump's suggestion that Barack begged & # 39; to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un
Clapper said the Trump claims & # 39; news & # 39; for him because, in all the deliberations I participated in during the Obama administration in North Korea, I cannot remember where President Obama ever showed any interest in meeting President Kim & # 39;
After nearly an hour's meeting with Kim on Sunday, Trump said the dictator had never agreed to meet Obama, although the former president wanted to meet
Clapper also served in high intelligence capabilities under former President George W. Bush.
After an almost hour-long meeting with Kim in Korea on Sunday, Trump said in a press conference that Obama always wanted to meet with the authoritarian leader, but that Kim did not agree to sit down.
& # 39; President Obama wanted to meet and President Kim would not meet him, & # 39; Trump said from the podium. & # 39; The Obama administration begged for a meeting, they constantly begged for meetings. & # 39;
Trump said he could secure so many bilateral encounters with Kim because they have & # 39; a certain chemistry, or whatever & # 39 ;.
Obama has never met the dictator during his office, but Trump and Kim have met a few times since his inauguration in 2017. They have arranged their meetings as talks about denuclearization and peace in the region.
Trump made his remarks at the press hours after being the first incumbent president to cross the border from the demilitarized zone to North Korea.
on Sunday, Trump became the first incumbent president to set foot in North Korea. He took less than a dozen steps north to shake Kim's hand before the two walked back to the DMZ where they talked for nearly an hour
Kim called trunk & # 39; brave & # 39; before making the move and Trump said it was a & # 39; honor & # 39; used to be. The president said he & # 39; chemistry & # 39; with Kim
After walking about ten steps into the North, Trump met Kim and the two shook hands and walked back to the DMZ and talked for nearly an hour about continuing cessation of peace and denuclearization talks.
However, Clapper expressed his doubts that Pyongyang is interested in any real deal regarding the nuclear weapons program.
& # 39; I think when it comes to the tough negotiation activities here … I personally don't believe that North Koreans have any intention of denuclearizing in the long term, & # 39; Clapper told CNN. & # 39; Why should they? It is their ticket to survive. & # 39;
The former intelligence director also said he understands why Korea does not want to conclude an agreement after witnessing the US abolition of its nuclear agreement with Iran in May 2018.
& # 39; In addition, why would they do that if they had looked at our achievements, suggesting that a future government could abolish an agreement, exactly as this government did with Iran? & # 39; he went on.
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