Although he describes himself as a 'strong supporter' of President Trump, Senator David Perdue (R-Ga) joined Democrats and more than a few other Republicans expressing concern about the decision to inform the North Korean leader that what Mr Trump called U.S.-South Korean military "war games" will be suspended.
Perdue, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, spoke to reporters the day after the summit in Singapore at a breakfast meeting of the Defense Writers Group.
“I was surprised, frankly, because the president had said earlier that that was not necessarily going to be part of the first meeting," he said.
“The coordination with the South Korean military is absolutely critical."
That said, Perdue praised the President's initiative in holding the summit with Kim Jong Un, saying is he "very hopeful" an agreement to 'denuclearize' the Korean peninsula can be reached, though "this is going to be a long pull".
The Senator did not criticize Mr Trump's attack on the Canadian Prime Minister following the G-7 meeting, but he did say that "our number one asset is our ally base".
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