Grassley criticizes Clinton for trip to North Korea

U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley was asked during a telephone conference call with Iowa reporters for his thoughts about former President Bill Clinton's trip to North Korea.  Listen to Grassley's comments.

"First of all, we ought to be very thankful that these two young girls are home safely," Grassley said to begin.  "In the process of that happening, a former president of the United States doing that enhances the credibility of Kim Jong-il….The biggest and meanest dictator in the world should not have that sort of recognition and that's the sad part of it, particularly when they're shooting missiles into the air, particularly when they're trying to develop a nuclear bomb, particularly when they have people starving to death and all that.  We should be cognizant of the negative things that go along with the good thing that President Clinton did.  But, you know, Kim Jong-il or his predecessor has lied to three presidents; President Clinton was the first one, President Bush and now President Obama.  They always say they're going to do things and then they never do them, so they're outright liars and we shouldn't give our blessing to that sort of a guy, and in a sense, that's what you do when you have a former president having audience with him."

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O. Kay Henderson is the news director of Radio Iowa.