Sen. King: Trump ‘deserves substantial credit’ for moving toward North Korea summit

Sen. Angus KingAngus KingMcConnell on filibuster talk: Democrats want to 'vandalize' Senate rules Manchin draws line against repealing legislative filibuster Filibuster reform gains steam with Democrats MORE (I-Maine) on Thursday said President TrumpDonald John Trump Trump responds to calls to tear down monuments with creation of 'National Garden' of statues Trump: Children are taught in school to 'hate their own country' Trump accuses those tearing down statues of wanting to 'overthrow the American Revolution' MORE deserves "substantial credit" for facilitating a summit between the United States and North Korea.

“I think it is a positive development. The fact that we’re moving toward a summit with North Korea is also good news. And I think the president deserves substantial credit for that,” King told CNN’s “New Day.” 

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But the senator cautioned that North Korea has yet to give up its nuclear weapons.

“It’s not time yet to pop the cork on this. On the other hand, I’m delighted that we’re going to be entering into these negotiations and maybe this time it will work,” he said.

The remarks come after Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoIran releases photo of damaged nuclear fuel production site: report To support Hong Kong's freedom, remember America's revolution Senate passes sanctions bill targeting China over Hong Kong law MORE returned from North Korea early Thursday with three Americans who had been held captive by Pyongyang.

"The fact we were able to get them out so soon was a tribute to a lot of things," Trump said when he greeted the former hostages at Andrews Air Force Base. "I just want to say, this is a special night."

The release, a significant diplomatic achievement for the Trump administration, comes ahead of the upcoming summit between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. 

“I’m the first to say this is positive, the gesture of sending these people home is positive. I think it opens the door to further discussions,” King said of the prisoners’ release. 

“And if we can pull it off, if this president can pull it off, listen, I’ll be the first person to say congratulations," he said. "But just a word of caution, we’re not there yet.”