Washington D.C. – House Foreign Affairs Lead Republican Michael McCaul (R-TX) released the following statement on the outcome of President Trump’s summit with North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi, Vietnam. 


Lead Republican McCaul: “I support President Trump’s decision to walk away from the negotiating table because it is better to have no deal than agree to a bad one. The summit made clear that Kim Jong Un was not honestly committed to a full denuclearization of North Korea. The Kim regime has a lengthy history of breaking commitments, and the Administration was clear-eyed in their pursuit of diplomacy by remaining cautiously optimistic yet remembering the mistakes of past Administrations.

“President Reagan took that approach with the Soviets at Reykjavik and in the long term that decision was instrumental to accomplishing our strategic goals and ending the Cold War. I encourage further discussions to pursue a complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of North Korea.  Until that happens, the international community must maintain maximum pressure to deter its rogue nuclear ambitions.”