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Capitol Report: Trump’s reversal of North Korea sanctions is ‘a scandal,’ former Treasury official says

Associated Press
President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Hanoi.

On Thursday, the Treasury Department imposed sanctions on two Chinese shipping companies that it said were delivering crude oil to North Korea in violation of international sanctions. On Friday, President Donald Trump rolled these sanctions back.

The move stunned former Treasury officials who worked on sanctions.

John Smith, the former director of the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, said he was shocked by the president’s action and called it “a scandal.”

The Treasury Department didn’t reply to a message seeking comment.

“The president undercut the hard working men and women of his sanctions agency and senior political officials across the government that must have had a hand in approving this decision, all to benefit the leader of North Korea,” Smith said in an interview.

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