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John McCain Calls Google CEO & Bill Richardson ‘Useful Idiots’ Over North Korea Trip

Today an unofficial delegation from the United States consisting of Google CEO Eric Schmidt and former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson arrived in North Korea, nicknamed the “Google delegation” by the Korean Central News Agency. Richardson is calling it a “private humanitarian mission,” while the State Department merely described the trip as “unhelpful.” One of the trip’s biggest critics is Senator John McCain, who took to Twitter to borrow a phrase and called Schmidt and Richardon “useful idiots.”

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McCain used a phrase most commonly attributed to Vladimir Lenin, to criticize Schmidt and Richardson for the visit.

Richardson and Schmidt are not in North Korea as part of any diplomatic visit, merely as private citizens, which has garnered the two men a lot of criticism, particularly from the U.S. State Department. A spokeswoman said that Schmidt and Richardson are fully aware of the U.S. government’s views on their trip, which is simply that it is “unhelpful” at a time when the U.S. is trying to push for the United Nations to implement more sanctions on North Korea.

h/t ABC News

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