Schiff questions if North Korea tried to 'flatter' Trump

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffPinterest blocks all vaccine-related searches in effort to combat anti-vax content Trump’s overreach is making a weaker presidency White House, GOP defend Trump emergency declaration MORE (D-Calif.) questioned on Saturday if North Korea had tried to influence President TrumpDonald John TrumpJustice Department preparing for Mueller report as soon as next week: reports Smollett lawyers declare 'Empire' star innocent Pelosi asks members to support resolution against emergency declaration MORE by flattering him ahead of a second summit set for later this month.

"All countries do psychological profiles of other foreign leaders to determine how they can be manipulated. North Korea may have determined that if they flatter Trump, they can achieve normalization of relations and easing of sanctions without denuclearization," Schiff tweeted Saturday. "That’s dangerous."

Schiff was responding to a tweet from Trump late Friday in which the president said North Korea could see immense economic benefits under North Korean leader Kim Jong Un if a denuclearization agreement is reached between Washington and Pyongyang.

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“North Korea, under the leadership of Kim Jong Un, will become a great Economic Powerhouse. He may surprise some but he won’t surprise me, because I have gotten to know him & fully understand how capable he is. North Korea will become a different kind of Rocket - an Economic one!” Trump tweeted Friday evening. 

Trump has previously emphasized possible economic benefits that could North Korea could see if the two countries reach an agreement on denuclearization. Such a deal would likely include lifting stringent U.S. sanctions on the country.

Trump and Kim are set to meet in Hanoi at the end of the month to continue negotiating denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. The two leaders first met in June 2018 at a summit in Singapore that Trump later declared a success.

 

Kim has not taken any verifiable steps toward reducing or dismantling North Korea's nuclear arsenal. U.S. intelligence officials, including Director of National Intelligence Dan CoatsDaniel (Dan) Ray CoatsOvernight Defense: Graham clashed with Pentagon chief over Syria | Talk grows that Trump will fire Coats | Coast Guard officer accused of domestic terrorism plot Trump says he hasn't considered replacing Coats as his top intel official Talk grows that Trump will fire Dan Coats MORE and CIA Director Gina Haspel testified in a congressional hearing last week that North Korea is unlikely to completely forfeit its nuclear weapons.