Former Obama aide says Trump lied about past attempts to meet with Kim

Ben Rhodes said early Sunday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Trump administration planning to crack down on 'birth tourism': report George Conway on Trump adding Dershowitz, Starr to legal team: 'Hard to see how either could help' MORE was lying when he said the Obama administration repeatedly attempted to meet with 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 only to be rebuffed.

"Trump is lying. I was there for all 8 years. Obama never sought a meeting with Kim Jong Un. Foreign policy isn’t reality television it’s reality," Rhodes, who served as former President Obama's deputy national security adviser, tweeted.

"Photo ops don’t get rid of nuclear weapons, carefully negotiated agreements do," added Rhodes, who is now a political commentator. "Trump’s foreign policy is a failure - from NK to Iran to Venezuela."

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Trump said earlier Sunday during a news conference with South Korean President Moon Jae-in that Obama "wanted to meet, and Chairman Kim would not meet him."

"The Obama administration was begging for a meeting. They were begging for meetings constantly. And Chairman Kim would not meet with him," Trump added. 

The president made the comments before making history on Sunday by crossing into North Korea as part of a meeting with Kim in which he and the North Korean leader agreed to restart stalled nuclear talks.