INTERVIEW: Senator Mike Crapo talks North Korea and G7 summit

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IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — The United States’ position on the world stage is shifting after a historic meeting with North Korea and tense discussions with world leaders at the G7 summit.

President Donald Trump met with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un on Monday, June 11 marking the first time any serving U.S. President has ever met face-to-face with the country’s leader.

Idaho Senator Mike Crapo (R-ID) applauded the effort by President Trump, comparing the President’s approach to the meeting much like one beloved conservative predecessor.

“This is more in the mode of President Reagan rather than President Obama and I think it has shown that his strong stances get results,” Senator Mike Crapo told KID NewsRadio.

While the meeting marks more of a beginning rather than an accomplishment, Sen. Crapo said the results exceeded his expectations.

“Obviously this is not a final outcome,” Sen. Crapo said. “But, the fact that we had Kim Jong Un signing a document that commits to complete denuclearization of the North Korean peninsula, that commits to take further steps allowing the United States to recover our lost and fallen soldiers, that allows us to start the process of reducing even further the nuclear capacity that is now maintained by North Korea and committing to do so on a fast time scale, among others things, is much more than I expected to come out of even this first meeting.”

Sen. Crapo acknowledged the summit did not address every issue the United States may hope to pursue in this new relationship with North Korea, but added issues like working on improving human rights and the economy in the country will likely come upon future meetings.

“I’m not surprised that all issues did not come up in the first meetings…that doesn’t mean they are less significant, it means that you take issues in groups or in a procedural and an orderly fashion,” Sen. Crapo sad. “I expect that these kind of issues would necessarily come up and probably a number of other issues that people have identified.”

Still, the initial meeting with North Korea, Sen. Crapo said, represents a hopeful step in the right direction.

“We need to bring the people of North Korea the benefits of living in a free world,” Sen. Crapo said. “To me, that’s a pretty good step.”

President Trump’s meeting with North Korea isn’t the only reason he’s in international headlines though. After a tense meeting with world leaders at the G7 summit, President Trump continued his effort of imposing tariff’s on international imports, a step that has some worried.

“The tariff’s issue is one of those issues that has got a number of us, including myself, nervous because of the potential of basically a trade war and retaliatory tariff’s being applied on the United States and the damage it could cause,” Sen. Crapo said. “There’s a real threat for example, to agricultural interests right in Idaho, if this does not work out right.”

But, Sen. Crapo added, President Trump’s record thus far paints a more favorable outcome is possible.

“President Trump has already shown a negotiating style in a number of contexts that has generated results,” Sen. Crapo said. “I am hopeful that this one also will generate results…I’m hopeful we will get past some of these very difficult, threatening moments on trade and get to a resolution where we actually achieve better trade agreements.”