Atlantic Editor Jeffrey Goldberg: Trump Just Gave Kim Jong Un ‘Something For Nothing’


The Atlantic‘s Jeffrey Goldberg tore into President Donald Trump for his decision to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, as the long-time foreign policy writer said the president just gave the DPRK exactly what they “have always wanted.”

Yesterday, despite hawkish talks of “fire and fury” from both sides, Trump announced he will be making the unprecedented move of meeting with the nuclear-armed dictator in the near future.

However, The Atlantic‘s editor-in-chief took to the set of Morning Joe to explain why the surprise summit is problematic for US foreign policy:

“Look, you have a situation in which — Bob seems to be in the ‘keep hope alive’ camp, I’m in more of the ‘you must be kidding’ camp. We’ve just given Kim Jong Un something for nothing. Which is to say what North Korean leadership traditionally wants, Kim and his father and his grandfather have always wanted, was the grand summitry. ‘The world superpowers recognizing our potency and relevance.’ The first thing you don’t do is give them the President of the United States.”

Trump touted the meeting via Twitter, saying the recent discussions between North and South Korea regarding military deescalation suggest the erratic peninsula is in the middle of a promising “great process.”

“Kim Jong Un talked about denuclearization with the South Korean Representatives, not just a freeze,” tweeted the president yesterday. “Also, no missile testing by North Korea during this period of time. Great progress being made but sanctions will remain until an agreement is reached. Meeting being planned!”

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