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

Ben Rhodes said early Sunday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeSantis on Florida schools reopening: 'If you can do Walmart,' then 'we absolutely can do schools' NYT editorial board calls for the reopening of schools with help from federal government's 'checkbook' Mueller pens WaPo op-ed: Roger Stone 'remains a convicted felon, and rightly so' MORE was lying when he said the Obama administration repeatedly attempted to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnOvernight Defense: Army launches command probe after slaying at Fort Hood | 'MAGA' listed as 'covert white supremacy' in military handout Kim Jong Un's sister says another summit with Trump unlikely, requests July Fourth DVDs Will the real Kim Yo Jong stand up? 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.