President Donald Trump has found an unlikely source of support as he meets with North Korea leader Kim Jong-un: Democrats.
Some of the same far-left Democrats who complain that he stole the election and want to impeach him praise him for trying to engage in diplomacy.
“We are encouraged by your efforts to pursue direct diplomacy with North Korea with the dual goals of resolving the nearly seven-decade-long conflict and achieving the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula,” 15 House members wrote in a letter to Trump on Monday. “Diplomacy is the only path to resolve the tensions between our countries.”
Yet the Democrats may just be helping Trump.
The White House has repeatedly boasted that Trump, the businessman-turned-politician, is perhaps the only person who could strike a deal with Kim, the reclusive dictator. Trump has already started campaigning on the issues as he hits the road for the midterm elections and relishes talk of a possible Nobel Peace Prize if the talks yield a significant lasting deal.
“These members are willing to put what’s best for the country, and in this case the world, ahead of the day-to-day politics of it,” said Eddie Vale, a veteran of Democratic and progressive political and legislative campaigns. “But just because someone is giving Trump a chance on diplomacy doesn’t mean they won’t criticize him if he fails on one of the myriad other issues like immigration, health care, or taxes that he’s hurting their constituents on and that’s what the elections will be decided on.”
The letter was signed by the two co-chairs of the House’s Progressive Caucus — Reps. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., and Mark Pocan, D-Wisc., — and include members from California, Washington, Hawaii and Guam.
Polls show that a majority of Americans support Trump’s meeting with Kim following news that Pyongyang had successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead and was considering a plan to fire missiles at Guam.