Hillary Slams Trump's North Korea Negotiations: 'Like Putting Lipstick on a Pig'
Clinton doubts Trump’s ability to negotiate with Kim Jong-un on Korean denuclearization
Failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said she has little faith in President Donald Trump’s ability to negotiate with Kim Jong-un on North Korean denuclearization.
Clinton added that any 'claims of victory' would be like putting “lipstick on a pig.”
The former secretary of State said she doubts Trump's goals will be achieved.
Clinton told journalist Tina Brown in a podcast episode on Tuesday ahead of Trump’s summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, “I have serious doubts that whatever [Trump] claims will be actually achieved.”
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She then branded Trump’s vision of complete denuclearization a “fantasy," alleging Trump was doing it for the media attention.
“All the intelligence, which Trump dismisses, suggests that it’s unlikely but not impossible that Kim Jong Un will give up his nuclear weapons capacity,” she added.
“I don't see a deal there that is a verifiable, enforceable deal,” Clinton claimed, but “I don’t know what Trump will claim.”
“I don’t know whose national security interests Trump is either pursuing or will actually try to defend” — Hillary Clinton.
But Trump said he would not rush for denuclearization and that he was satisfied that Kim agreed to halt missile testing.
But some in the White House fear Trump may be outmaneuvered in negotiations.
Clinton attempted to back her argument up by comparing Trump’s diplomatic dealmaking with alleged stories she heard of Trump’s time as a New York real estate mogul.
“I've had so many guys who did business with him in real estate say, ‘You know he'd have a 15 million dollar profit from a real estate deal which he would call $150 million and then he would call everybody and beg them not to contradict the press because he was going to tell them it was $150 million not $15 million,” she said.
“So if he can put lipstick on a pig, and he can say ‘OK this is what we're going to do with North Korea’ and he keeps saying it over and over again and Fox News says it over and over again and other outlets say it over and over again, and the so-called mainstream media does their both sidesism … he wins the news cycle. And that’s really what he lives for,” she concluded.
In January, Trump has branded the US intelligence agencies as “naive” and “wrong” following their annual ‘threat assessment’ and dismissed the agency's assessments of the threat posed by North Korea which contradicted his judgments during congressional testimony.
The Senate committee was told by leaders of the US intelligence community that North Korea's nuclear threat remained valid and that Iran was not in the stages of developing a nuclear bomb.