Ben Rhodes said early Sunday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats and Trump are all in on immigration for the 2020 election Trump to allow US companies to sell products to Huawei Trump says he brought up Khashoggi murder with Saudi crown prince MORE was lying when he said the Obama administration repeatedly attempted to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong UnKim Jong UnTrump offers to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in DMZ US envoy ready for ‘constructive’ talks with North Korea Overnight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | Iran vote left for Friday | Democratic candidates talk Iran, Afghanistan at first debate | Congress moves toward tougher North Korea sanctions MORE only to be rebuffed.

“Trump is lying. I was there for all 8 years. Obama never sought a meeting with Kim Jong Un. Foreign policy isn’t reality television it’s reality,” Rhodes, who served as former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaThe Memo: Debates reshape Democratic race Trump’s G-20 meeting with Xi about 2020 more than trade Biden defends Obama’s climate record MORE‘s deputy national security adviser, tweeted.

“Photo ops don’t get rid of nuclear weapons, carefully negotiated agreements do,” added Rhodes, who is now a political commentator. “Trump’s foreign policy is a failure – from NK to Iran to Venezuela.”


Trump said earlier Sunday during a news conference with South Korean President Moon Jae-in that Obama “wanted to meet, and Chairman Kim would not meet him.”

“The Obama administration was begging for a meeting. They were begging for meetings constantly. And Chairman Kim would not meet with him,” Trump added. 

The president made the comments before making history on Sunday by crossing into North Korea as part of a meeting with Kim in which he and the North Korean leader agreed to restart stalled nuclear talks.

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