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 McConnellSenate passes 6B defense bill Poll: Kim Jong Un has higher approval among Republicans than Pelosi The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — Outcry raises pressure on GOP for immigration fix 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 CorkerSenate chaplain offers prayer 'as children are being separated from their parents' Senate passes 6B defense bill This week: House GOP caught in immigration limbo 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 TillisCongress must confront sexual abuse of military children With caveats, Republicans praise Trump’s summit with Kim Jong Un McConnell: Any North Korea deal should be submitted to Congress 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 CornynTrump plan to claw back billion in spending in peril Trump digs in amid uproar on zero tolerance policy Amendments fuel resentments within Senate GOP 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 GrahamTrump digs in amid uproar on zero tolerance policy Senate passes 6B defense bill Justice IG says report doesn’t assess ‘credibility’ of Russian probe 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 PompeoOvernight Defense: Trump directs Pentagon to create 'Space Force' | Lawmakers say new branch needs their approval | Senate passes 6B defense policy bill | Pentagon suspends planning for 'war game' with South Korea Pompeo: China's calls for trade openness, globalization 'a joke' A mandate for change in Armenia MORE indicated earlier this month that the administration intended to give a document to Congress for their approval.