GOP rep: Trump needs to ‘quit complimenting Kim Jong Un’

Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerTensions between the United States and Russia over Venezuela increase Booker, Gabbard to make appearances with Colbert The Hill's 12:30 Report: Cohen back on the hot seat MORE (R-Ill.) is ripping President TrumpDonald John TrumpForget the spin: Five unrefuted Mueller Report revelations Lara Trump: Merkel admitting migrants 'one of the worst things that ever happened to Germany' Financial satisfaction hits record high: survey MORE’s praise of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Tuesday night's State of the Union address, in which Trump announced the next phase of denuclearization talks with the reclusive leader. 

“We can quit complimenting Kim Jong Un. Let’s understand that when we have our military exercises going and we have a presence in South Korea, that’s how you force enemies to negotiate to the table. You force them to the table by having a stick option out there, and that’s what we need," Kinzinger, an Air Force veteran and member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told CNN Wednesday morning. 

Trump and Kim first met in June at a summit in Singapore to begin negotiating North Korea’s denuclearization. The president declared the meeting a success, saying in a tweet that there was “no longer a Nuclear threat from North Korea," a position undercut by U.S. military officials.


However, while North Korea released three U.S. hostages and has not tested any missiles since the meeting, Kim has not taken any verifiable steps toward reducing or dismantling his nuclear arsenal.

Director of National Intelligence Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsHillicon Valley: Facebook expects up to B FTC fine | DHS face scanning at airports sparks alarm | New Twitter tool targets election misinformation | Lawmakers want answers on Google 'Sensorvault' Dems accuse White House of caving to Trump's 'ego' on Russian meddling US official says getting White House to focus on Russian interference like 'pulling teeth': CNN MORE and CIA Director Gina Haspel testified in a congressional hearing last week that North Korea is unlikely to completely forfeit its nuclear weapons.

Trump has appeared determined to continue negotiating with Kim and announced during his State of the Union that he would meet again with the North Korean leader at the end of the month in Vietnam.

“I’m comfortable with it right now because I think we have to see this whole process through, because the alternative is really bad. But I think after the second summit if there’s no progress, that’s the point we have to understand there just may not be progress,” Kinzinger said when asked about the summit. 

Trump, who has typically relied on staunch support from congressional Republicans, has found his foreign policy the subject of their rebukes in recent weeks, with many expressing concerns over the president’s plans to draw down troops in Syria and Afghanistan.