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Biden: Trump 'did the right thing by walking away' from North Korea deal

Biden: Trump 'did the right thing by walking away' from North Korea deal
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenAppeals court OKs White House diverting military funding to border wall construction Federal student loan payment suspension extended another month Pentagon: Tentative meeting between spy agencies, Biden transition set for early next week MORE offered some rare praise for President TrumpDonald John TrumpAppeals court OKs White House diverting military funding to border wall construction Pentagon: Tentative meeting between spy agencies, Biden transition set for early next week Conservative policy director calls Section 230 repeal an 'existential threat' for tech MORE on Thursday after Trump abruptly ended a planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

"The president did the right thing by walking away," Biden said while speaking at the University of Nebraska, the Lincoln Journal-Star reported Thursday. "But diplomacy matters; preparation matters. The president treats everything like it's a real estate deal."

Biden added that he hopes that Trump "learned a very important lesson."

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Trump's negotiations with Kim ended abruptly on Thursday. Trump defended the Vietnam summit's collapse, saying, "Sometimes you have to walk."

“It was about the sanctions,” he said at a news conference. “Basically, they wanted the sanctions lifted in their entirety, and we couldn’t do that. They were willing to denuke a large portion of the areas we wanted, but we couldn’t give up all of the sanctions for that."

Biden is not the only Democrat to praise Trump's decision. Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerBipartisan governors call on Congress to pass coronavirus relief package Pelosi, Schumer endorse 8 billion plan as basis for stimulus talks Funding bill hits snag as shutdown deadline looms MORE (D-N.Y.) on Thursday also said he approved of Trump's decision while speaking on the Senate Floor. 

Biden, meanwhile, appears to be gearing up for a 2020 presidential campaign. Two of Biden's advisers have been meeting with potential aides, The Hill reported Thursday Thursday. If he does announce a bid, he would be joining a crowded field for the Democratic nomination that includes Sens. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOn The Money: Unemployment gains lower than expected | Jobs report lights fire under coronavirus relief talks Sanders says he can't support bipartisan COVID-19 relief proposal in its current form Progressives push for direct payments to be included in COVID-19 relief deal MORE (I-Vt.), Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden officially clinches Electoral College votes with California certification Hillicon Valley: Senate Intelligence Committee leaders warn of Chinese threats to national security | Biden says China must play by 'international norms' | House Democrats use Markup app for leadership contest voting Trump campaigns as wild card in Georgia runoffs MORE (D-Calif.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenCan Biden find a third way between Trumpism and Obama-era globalism? Left seeks to influence Biden picks while signaling unity Schwarzenegger says he would 'absolutely' help Biden administration MORE (D-Mass.).