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PoliticsBernie Sanders says he doesn't 'fault Trump' on North Korea

01:25  05 may  2019
01:25  05 may  2019 Source:   abcnews.go.com

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un after attending a wreath laying ceremony at a navy memorial in Vladivostok, Russia April 26, 2019. The 2020 hopeful said he believes the United States needs to "put all of the pressure that we can" on North Korea , both economically and politically.

Bernie Sanders , one of the early front-runners in the 2020 Democratic presidential field, said Saturday that President Donald Trump 's handling of North Korea is one area where he doesn ' t " fault " the current commander-in-chief. "You know, this is one area, actually, where I do not fault Trump .

Bernie Sanders says he doesn't 'fault Trump' on North Korea© Christopher Dolan/Times-Tribune via AP Senator Bernie Sanders speaks to a gathering of the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals at Mohegan Sun Pocono in Plains Twp., Pa. on Monday, April 15, 2019.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, one of the early front-runners in the 2020 Democratic presidential field, said Saturday that President Donald Trump's handling of North Korea is one area where he doesn't "fault" the current commander-in-chief.

Speaking to ABC News' Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl in an exclusive interview for "This Week," the Vermont senator said that Trump meeting face-to-face with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un "is the right thing to do."

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Bernie Sanders , one of the early front-runners in the 2020 Democratic presidential field, said Saturday that President Donald Trump 's handling of North Korea is one area where he doesn ' t " fault " the current commander-in-chief. "You know, this is one area, actually, where I do not fault Trump .

Karl asked Sanders how he would respond as president to the apparent launch of unidentified short-range missiles by North Korea into the Sea of Japan Friday night, the first missile launch or any kind by the country since November 2017, when it last launched a long-range missile.

"You know, this is one area, actually, where I do not fault Trump. I think the idea of sitting down with Kim Jong Un is the right thing to do. It is very, very difficult, but clearly they are a threat to the planet," Sanders said. "They are isolated. They're demagogic, and we have just got to do everything we can to have China and the people in the Pacific Rim put as much pressure on North Korea and make it clear that they cannot continue to act this way.

Bernie Sanders says he doesn't 'fault Trump' on North Korea© Shamil Zhumatov/Reuters North Korean leader Kim Jong Un after attending a wreath laying ceremony at a navy memorial in Vladivostok, Russia, April 26, 2019.

"It is not an easy situation," he added.

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Bernie Sanders says he doesn ' t ' fault Trump ' on North Korea ). Karl challenged Pompeo on the "I am with him " portion of Trump 's statement in light of the dictator’s brutal The North Koreans wanted the United States to remove some sanctions before taking steps to dismantle its nuclear program.

The politics of North Korea made strange bedfellows of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders on Saturday — when the Vermont Democrat said he doesn ’ t “ fault ” the president for his handling of Kim Jong Un. Trump ’s face-to-face meetings with Kim are “the right thing to do,” Sanders told ABC News

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The 2020 hopeful said he believes the United States needs to "put all of the pressure that we can" on North Korea, both economically and politically.

In a tweet Saturday morning after the missile launches, Trump still appeared optimistic about U.S.-North Korea relations.

"Anything in this very interesting world is possible," the president tweeted. "But I believe that Kim Jong Un fully realizes the great economic potential of North Korea, & will do nothing to interfere or end it. He also knows that I am with him & does not want to break his promise to me. Deal will happen!"

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