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Murphy a North Korea Hawk … Now That Trump’s Working With Kim Jong-un

June 12, 2018 By Staff
Murphy a North Korea Hawk … Now That Trump’s Working With Kim Jong-un

Chris Murphy barely tweeted or talked about North Korea before 2017. Now, he's a regular critic of President Trump's efforts, suggesting they're not enough.

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) had a strong reaction to President Trump’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on Tuesday morning, tweeting “What the hell?” in reaction to developments from Tuesday’s meeting in Singapore.

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Murphy appears to be a relatively new foreign policy ‘hawk’ on North Korea.

A quick search of his active Twitter history – for mention of “North Korea,” “Korea,” or “Kim” – shows only a few mentions of North Korea and the regime before Trump took office. Same goes for press releases on his U.S. Senate website, which has been active since 2013.

But Murphy has been quick to bring up his skepticism about the Trump summit. Politico reported last month that he was one of many Democrats ‘gritting his teeth’ over the planned summit.

Of course, Murphy is broadly correct about Kim’s human rights violations – “gulags, public executions, planned starvation.” Also true is there are concerns about Trump’s embrace of Kim at Tuesday’s summit. Few, though, would suggest Trump is seeking to ‘legitimize’ Kim’s human rights abuses.

What’s more, these human rights abuses have been apparent for decades under the Kim family. Murphy is eager to bring them up in the shadow of this summit, the goal of which is denuclearization in North Korea and peace between the U.S. and the Koreas. Murphy did not seem so eager in prior years.

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