Neb. lawmakers, political hopefuls react to historic U.S./North Korea Summit

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Nebraska lawmakers and political hopefuls are reacting to President Donald Trump's historic meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un Tuesday.

Senator Deb Fischer (R)

“Senator Fischer shares President Trump’s goal of complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and believes this was an important first step. She is waiting to see what comes next in the subsequent negotiations, particularly in regard to verification,” said a statement from Fischer spokesperson Chanse Jones.

Jane Raybould (D) - Candidate for U.S. Senate

"As a grocer, I know business depends on customers and America needs more trading partners, not fewer. I commend President Trump for reaching out to open new markets while working to make the world safer. But, we also can't afford to isolate our current allies, where our farmers hold key relationships with buyers oversees."

Rep. Adrian Smith (R)

"President Trump’s meeting with Kim Jong Un is a vital and positive step forward. The path ahead will not be easy, but I believe President Trump and his national security team are fully capable of recognizing real progress as opposed to hollow promises. President Reagan confronted longtime adversaries on the basis of “trust, but verify,” and any worthwhile agreement with North Korea will include nothing less than complete and verifiable denuclearization."

Paul Theobald (D) - Candidate for Third District House of Representatives

"De-nuclearizing North Korea would be a welcome accomplishment, if it weren’t so significantly overshadowed by the fact this administration has all but destroyed our relationship with Nebraska’s three largest agricultural markets. President Trump has a seemingly limitless capacity to cozy up to dictators and insult our friends. "

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