President Donald Trump has long made CNN the main focus of his attacks on what he calls the “fake news” mainstream media. But one of the network’s top anchors said Thursday night that there would be no choice but to mark the historically unpopular leader as a “great president” if he can solve the nuclear standoff with North Korea.
Earlier on Thursday night, it was announced that Trump planned to meet with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un in the coming months.
“Just an extraordinary evening, and of course opening the door to the big question: If President Trump can truly solve this problem, that would be going down as a great president, and there’s no way around that,” Erin Burnett said on her show OutFront. “That is the reality here.”
The United States and North Korea have been locked in a standoff for decades, and it was exacerbated by the isolated regime’s development of ballistic missiles. The situation has escalated dramatically since Trump entered office, with the Republican trading war threats with Kim as North Korea tested missiles it said were capable of striking anywhere in the United States.
But Trump long claimed that he was moving to address a situation that had been allowed to drift dangerously by several previous administrations. On Twitter Thursday, Trump claimed he had already succeeded in helping to earn concessions from North Korea.
“Kim Jong Un talked about denuclearization with the South Korean Representatives, not just a freeze,” Trump wrote on the social media platform. “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! ”
Kim Jong Un talked about denuclearization with the South Korean Representatives, not just a freeze. 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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 9, 2018
There was a mixed response from foreign policy experts. While the United States’ increasingly crippling sanctions were credited for bringing North Korea to the negotiating table, the planned talks were also described as a considerable risk.
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