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Trump 'Is Way Out of His Depth': Former CIA Director Explains How Trump Completely Botched the North Korea Summit

June 12, 2018 in Blogs

By Cody Fenwick, AlterNet

“It sounds there like he's parroting North Korean talking points,” Wallace noted.


As President Donald Trump portrays his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un as a major success, actual experts in foreign policy and diplomacy have a very different perspective.

“I don't think he knows much about, quite frankly, anything when it comes to foreign affairs, national security, even a thing like the war games,” said former CIA Director John Brennan of Trump on MSNBC's “Deadline: White House” on Tuesday.

Trump said after the summit that the United States would no longer conduct its joint war games with the South Korean military, but many experts feel this would be a terrible concession.

“Our military exercises with South Korea are not just designed to send a signal to North Korea, but also to make sure that in the event of some more Chinese adventurism in the area that the interoperability that U.S. forces need with South Korean forces, Japanese and others is going to be there,” Brennan said.

“It sounds there like he's parroting North Korean talking points,” said host Nicolle Wallace, referencing the fact that Trump described the war games as “provocative” — exactly how North Korea had recently described them recently. ”Has he been played?”

Brennan audibly laughed at the question.

“The man is way out of his depth,” he said of Trump. “And he said that Kim Jong-un is a skilled negotiator? Well, obviously, he is, because he's been able to get everything he wanted, I think, in this first meeting with Mr. Trump. So he has initiated a process where he, Kim Jong-un, is going to be seen as this accommodating statesman who is, at least according to Mr. Trump, seriously going to pursue denuclearization.”

He added: “I think what the 'why' for Kim Jong-un is that he wants to draw out this process and see whether or not the Chinese call for the relaxation of sanctions is going to gain traction.”

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