Podcast: Trump and Pompeo Confronted by Reality After North Korea Summit

Donald Trump and Mike Pompeo (File --- Andrew Harnik/AP)

With Donald Trump’s photo opportunities at the North Korea summit already confronted by questions about the substance beyond the images, I spoke with Monocle 24’s The Briefing on Thursday about Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s faith-based declarations, denunciations of the US media, and occasional deceptions.

Listen from 1:43:

Nobody knows how quickly North Korea can or will complete denuclearization. Mike Pompeo is blowing smoke when he hopes this will be done by the end of Trump’s first term in January 2021.

Here’s the bottom line: there was no move by North Korea in Tuesday’s summit with Donald Trump….

The Trump Administration is now confronted with this.

See also TrumpWatch, Day 510: Trump — Trust Me, North Korea’s Nuclear Threat is Over

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.


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