Sanders hits Trump on North Korea visit: 'We need real diplomacy'

Sanders hits Trump on North Korea visit: 'We need real diplomacy'
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersPoll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Overnight Defense: US launches another airstrike in Somalia | Amendment to expand Pentagon recusal period added to NDAA | No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia US launches second Somalia strike in week MORE (I-Vt.), a 2020 White House hopeful, said on Sunday that he doesn't want talks between President Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong to be merely a photo opportunity.

"I don't have a problem with him sitting down and negotiating with our adversaries, I don't want it to be a photo opportunity. We need real diplomacy," Sanders said on ABC's "This Week." 

Sanders said that while Trump is meeting with the North Korean leader, the president has "weakened the State Department."

The senator also said the U.S. needs a "strong State Department to move forward diplomatically." 


Trump earlier Sunday became the first sitting U.S. president to cross into North Korea. He later announced that stalled nuclear talks between the U.S. and North Korea would resume.

"The whole worlds' media was attracted there. What's going to happen tomorrow and the next day?" Sanders asked. 

He also called out Trump for "almost moving toward a war with Iran," and for vetoing legislation passed in the House and Senate to remove U.S. troops from the war in Yemen. 

A move to override Trump's veto failed in the Senate in May.