CNN national security analyst Samantha Vinograd defiantly stated Thursday that “there is no way President Trump” will be prepared to meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un by May.
“It does,” the former Obama administration national security official stated when asked by host Erin Burnett if this moment felt different compared to past dealings with North Korea. “But that doesn’t mean we should rush into a nuclear summit.” (RELATED: White House Gives Details On Trump’s Meeting With Kim Jong Un)
“We would spend months preparing for the most basic meetings President Obama used to have. Talk to your intelligence committee, talk to diplomats,” she continued. “There is no way President Trump could be ready for May to have high stakes negotiation on denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula. It’s just impossible. (RELATED: Erin Burnett — North Korea Deal Would Make Trump Go Down As ‘A Great President’)
“We’re looking at a scenario now where the president now perhaps because he wants a P.R. opportunity, perhaps because he’s desperate to do a deal is going to be rushing into a nuclear negotiation. Guess what, you can’t wing it. Kim Jong Un will be fully prepared. I think that he’s playing to the President’s ego and the President’s weaknesses by flattering him and by inviting him to Pyongyang.
“If President Trump does meet with Kim Jong Un, he’s going to be going in unprepared and he’s going to be giving to Kim what Kim wants, which is a positive photo op.”