McConnell: Any North Korea deal should be submitted to Congress

McConnell: Any North Korea deal should be submitted to Congress
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHill.TV poll: Majority of Republicans say Trump best represents the values of the GOP The Hill's 12:30 Report Republican strategist: Trump is 'driven by ego' MORE (R-Ky.) on Tuesday said that the administration should submit any deal with North Korea to Congress.

“I think there would be widespread interest in Congress for having involvement. ... [If] the president can reach a significant agreement with North Korea, I hope it takes the form of a treaty,” McConnell told reporters. 

McConnell noted there was “precedent” for the administration making a deal without a treaty and what route they end up taking “will be up to them, but I do believe they'll need to come to Congress in some form.” 

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McConnell's comments come after Trump and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un held a historic meeting in Singapore. The two men signed an agreement committing the United States to unspecified “security guarantees” in exchange for a denuclearized Korean Peninsula.  

Several GOP senators signaled earlier Tuesday that they believe any final agreement should be sent to Congress for its approval. 

"Yeah, assuming there is a final agreement, they've indicated that they would bring that agreement to us in the form of a treaty," GOP Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerGOP leaders: No talk of inviting Russia delegation to Capitol Collins and Murkowski face recess pressure cooker on Supreme Court Tougher Russia sanctions face skepticism from Senate Republicans MORE (R-Tenn.), the Foreign Relations Committee chairman, told The Hill. 

Sending any agreement to the Senate in the form of a treaty would require the deal to get bipartisan support and win over two-thirds of the chamber. The Obama-era State Department rankled congressional Republicans when it defined the Iran nuclear deal as a "nonbinding agreement" instead of a treaty. 

Sen. Thom TillisThomas (Thom) Roland TillisOrrin Hatch: Partisanship over Kavanaugh nomination 'dumbass' Kavanaugh tells senators Mueller’s appointment was appropriate: report Senators restart talks to fix family separations MORE (R-N.C.) added that both countries are “early in the process” but if the administration is able to lock down an agreement it should be sent to Congress. 

“I think when you're talking about something as profound as maybe ending a war that we've been in for about 70 years. ... I think it should take congressional action to solidify it,” he added. 

GOP Sen. John CornynJohn CornynIt’s possible to protect national security without jeopardizing the economy Archivist rejects Democrats' demand for Kavanaugh documents Senate Judiciary announces Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing MORE (Texas), the No. 2 Republican in the Senate, said separately on Tuesday that he believed the administration “should” submit the deal to Congress and Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamWhite House staff offered discounts at Trump's NJ golf club: report Graham: DOJ official was 'unethical' in investigating Trump campaign because his wife worked for Fusion GPS Sunday shows preview: Virginia lawmakers talk Charlottesville, anniversary protests MORE (R-S.C.) said on NBC's Today that he not only wanted “to see the details, I want to vote on them.”

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoThe Hill's Morning Report — Trump’s GOP feuds dominate ahead of midterms The Hill's Morning Report — Trump heads to New York to shore-up GOP districts Turkish president: US set deadline to release detained pastor MORE indicated earlier this month that the administration intended to give a document to Congress for their approval.