Trump placing blame

President Trump points to his predecessors as the cause of the worsening in U.S. relations with North Korea. Trump said Vladimir Putin's kicking out hundreds of United States diplomats out of Russia would save money.
2:27 | 08/11/17

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And president jump is meeting today with UN ambassador Nikki Hayley as members of his cabinet expressed hope for a diplomatic solution with North Korea. Well for more on what the president has on tap for today and some of his other remarks that are raising some eyebrows return and ABC's aren't signed who of course covers Washington and the White House specifically now the president been in office more than 200 days. He had first said that he would let China deal with North Korea. Now he's dealing with it but was he blaming for the situation. So actually yesterday he was starting to blame his predecessors scene that Bill Clinton it was a weak and ineffective. When he kids North Korea and then claims that President Obama I didn't even want to talk about North Korea we do know that President Obama specifically warned. President trump about North Korea and the threat they pose during that Oval Office meeting he about a minute registration hasn't. I've responds to that there former spokesperson at the NSC under Obama is reacting to it saying that the president's deflecting blame on his predecessors because he has no strategy to. A look at international reaction been so far so this bit of mixed reactions are he had folks over in Germany and in net New Zealand who have expressed frustration with the president's rhetoric but then you have people like prime minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia he spoke with vice president pence yesterday and he's been one of the people in the forefront coming out saying. That day will come to the US defense and step in if North Korea does decide to strike want Japan is also offered their services and we know that the US is working closely with South Korea's while. Tarver to switch gears and now to another superpower in the and Russia and there's this just caught some attention yesterday. The president thanked Vladimir Putin for kicking out hundreds of US diplomats from Russia. Why what's a reaction. So what the president said that he was thankful to prudent for making this decision because it's going to -- the US money that they needed to cut costs there's actually no proof that it would save from the ocean and be on the government payroll possibly when he comes and people within the State Department currently serving and former diplomats are expressing a lot of frustration but that's how we have people someone in the foreign service right now. Who said that it's saddening that the president would make such a comment simply we're seeing now maybe he was joking is actually one former US ambassador who said if your being generous you can argue the president is showing couldn't he hasn't bothered by this. So you can't fire me I can't wait. Harvey I'm leaving Russia. Because I want to.

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