Giuliani Shrugs Off Reaction to His ‘Hands and Knees’ North Korea Comment

07 June, 2018, 05:08 | Author: Myra Gill
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"They also said they were going to go to nuclear war with us, they were going to defeat us in a nuclear war", Giuliani said.

President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, defended his description of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as being on his "hands and knees" begging just days before a historic summit is scheduled to take place.

"Our two countries face a pivotal moment in our relationship, and it would be nothing short of tragic to let this opportunity go to waste", he said, adding that he believed North Korea was "contemplating a strategic shift".

The Capella Hotel is another likely possible place for the landmark summit come June 12, thanks to the United States delegation - including deputy White House chief of staff Joe Hagin - having made the upscale lodgings their base during ongoing discussions with their North Korean counterparts.

The summit will be a historic first meeting between a sitting USA president and North Korean leader.

Giuliani is not an official part of the Trump Administration, and is on the president's payroll as a lawyer defending him in the special counsel investigation on his campaign's ties to Russian operatives. A top North Korean official, Choe Son-hui, insisted the North would not "beg" for negotiations with the U.S.

The president also took to Twitter Tuesday to express hope the summit would produce positive results.

The United States and North Korea agreed upon Singapore last month as the venue for the first ever meeting between leaders of the two countries.

But Giuliani's remark about Kim could present a major hiccup as Trump attempts to make history and score a significant foreign policy victory in his second year in office.

In a letter addressed to Kim last month, Trump called off the summit, calling the talks "inappropriate" following the "hostility" displayed in earlier comments from the regime. Opponents have labeled the payment as an in-kind campaign contribution meant to affect the outcome of the 2016 election.



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