Andrea Mitchell spoke with Chuck Todd about the latest developments from North Korea––namely, that they’ve cancelled talks with South Korea and reportedly threatened to cancel the upcoming U.S. summit.
Todd asked if Kim Jong Un is “poking the fence.”
“This was so utterly predictable,” Mitchell responded. “Once the President was so eager to accept the terms before the terms are even spelled out…”
They both noted how the North Korea talks sounded like a done deal, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talking just two days ago about it.
Mitchell took note of President Trump‘s praise of Kim Jong Un the night the three prisoners came to the U.S., wondering why the man who wrote The Art of the Deal was “so eager.”
She also pointed out how much Trump and his team have already touted the success here, with the President even publicly musing about the Nobel Peace Prize question.
“A traditional response by the United States government put in a position like this,” Todd said, “would be: then walk away, right? Anything other than that, would that surprise you?”
He also wondered if Kim “realizes he got everything he’s already wanted, which is recognition on the world stage and now, actually––he wants the summit eventually, but he doesn’t need it in June.”
Mitchell said Todd’s put a lot on the table so far “that we have accepted, putting us on defense, because he has now gained the propaganda advantage.”
Watch above, via MSNBC.
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