Senate Homeland Security chairman: ‘Let’s not be Charlie Brown to North Korea’s Lucy’

Senate Homeland Security Chairman Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonOvernight Health Care: House passes .3T omnibus | Bill boosts funds for NIH, opioid treatment | Senators spar over ObamaCare fix | 'Right to Try' bill heads to the Senate GOP pushes to change Senate rules for Trump House passes 'right to try' drug bill MORE (R-Wis.) said on Sunday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpPoll: Both parties need to do more on drug prices Senate approves .3 trillion spending bill, sending to Trump White House: Trump will delay steel tariffs for EU, six countries MORE needs to keep up "maximum" pressure on North Korea ahead of an unprecedented summit.

“Let’s not be snookered again,” Johnson said on CNN's "State of the Union." “Let’s not be Charlie Brown to North Korea’s Lucy.”

Johnson noted that he joined in a letter with five other Senators “encouraging President Trump to make sure to maintain that maximum pressure until we see complete verifiable and irreversible denuclearization within North Korea.”


Trump announced on Thursday that would accept an invitation to meet with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un, the first sitting U.S. president to do so.

According to South Korea, North Korea is willing to stop missile testing while talks with the U.S. are ongoing.

Johnson said on Sunday that for talks with North Korea to be successful, the president has to keep up pressure on the regime and even "ratchet up" sanctions.

“What we can’t do is what we did with Iran, let out the pressure and then just watch the behavior go in the wrong direction,” Johnson said.