Castro says Trump's actions on North Korea 'all for show'

Castro says Trump's actions on North Korea 'all for show'
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Democratic presidential candidate Julían Castro said on Sunday that  President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff pleads to Senate GOP: 'Right matters. And the truth matters.' Anita Hill to Iowa crowd: 'Statute of limitations' for Biden apology is 'up' Sen. Van Hollen releases documents from GAO investigation MORE is raising the profile of North Korean leader Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnNorth Korea replaces its foreign minister: report Brent Budowsky: The patriotic duty of Senate Republicans US ambassador: 'I was personally surprised' North Korea did not send 'Christmas gift' MORE without benefiting the U.S. or furthering any peace negotiations. 

"It's worrisome that this president erratically sets up a meeting without the staff work being done. It seems like it's all for show, it's not substantive," Castro said on ABC's "This Week." 

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"I am all for speaking with our adversaries, what's happened here is this president has raised the profile of a dictator like Kim Jong Un and now three times visited with him unsuccessfully because he’s doing it backward," he added. 

The former secretary of Housing and Urban Development said North Korea has not even kept its word to the Trump administration to disclose its nuclear stockpile inventory. 

Castro also Said Trump is hurting the U.S. and its allies by "growing the strength of a dictator." 

Castro made the comments after Trump made history by becoming the first sitting U.S. president to cross into North Korea. Trump later announced that he and North Korean leader Kim Jong had agreed to restart stalled nuclear talks.