Klobuchar: I don't think Trump should conduct 'foreign policy by tweet'

Klobuchar: I don't think Trump should conduct 'foreign policy by tweet'
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Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by JUUL Labs - House to vote to condemn Trump tweet Fundraising numbers highlight growing divide in 2020 race Critics slam billion Facebook fine as weak MORE (D-Minn.) on Sunday criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpEsper sidesteps question on whether he aligns more with Mattis or Trump Warren embraces Thiel label: 'Good' As tensions escalate, US must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA MORE's approach to North Korea, saying she doesn't believe the president should conduct "foreign policy by tweet." 

"It’s a very, very hard thing to do, but you’ve got to quietly work and you’ve got to have summits that produce results where you don’t just fly over, get no result, and come home," the Democratic presidential candidate told CNN's Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul Tapper2020 Democrats call Trump's tweets about female Democrats racist CNN's Camerota clashes with Trump's immigration head over president's tweet Trump's tweets unify a fractured Democratic Party MORE on "State of the Union." 


She also said she believes Trump should listen to the mother of Otto Warmbier, the American student who was detained in North Korea before his death, who said in recent days that the U.S. should ramp up sanctions and put "more pressure" on North Korean leader Kim Jong UnKim Jong Un North Korea warns US-South Korea drills threaten nuclear talks Member of Senate GOP leadership says Trump tweets are racist A brief timeline of Trump's clashes with intelligence director Dan Coats MORE

Her comments come after Trump on Saturday said in a tweet that he believes the nuclear deal with North Korea "will happen," adding that Kim “fully realizes the great economic potential of North Korea, & will do nothing to interfere or end it.”

“He also knows that I am with him & does not want to break his promise to me," Trump wrote.   

Trump sent the tweet shortly after North Korea fired multiple short-range projectiles off its east coast on Saturday morning. 

Klobuchar said on Sunday that she would "always be willing to meet with leaders to discuss policies" when Tapper asked if she would sit down with Kim as president.

"But my problem with how President Trump has handled this is not that he’s had meetings," Klobuchar said. "It’s that there isn’t a plan and there isn’t a real negotiation tactic and he’s not working with our allies as he should." 

Negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington are ongoing after Trump and Kim's second summit in Vietnam in February did not result in a deal.