Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Mattis not surprised by Trump's call to end military exercises: Pentagon

Asked if Mattis was surprised by those comments White said Mattis had been in constant conversations with the President.

Having just been on the receiving end of the Trump administration's most significant hammer-blow to diplomacy-namely, its decision to ditch a six-nation nuclear accord that was negotiated over a period of several years-Iran is perhaps better-positioned than any other nation to assess Trump's reliability as a negotiating partner and "dealmaker". So, for all the eeyores in the liberal media terrified that this could succeed, maybe you should be-because this is Trump's golden ticket to a second term. The Fox host said in passing it is obvious the country needs economic opportunity and asked the president what the dictator would have to do to get sanctions lifted. "Plus, I think it's very provocative". He added: "People thought that I was trying to overstep my boundaries, thought I was a dignitary, an ambassador, human relations or something like that".

Trump's announcement that the U.S. would stop military exercises and his suggestion that he wants to pull U.S. troops out at some point are "things that Trump is putting on the table as concessions, all in exchange for some vague promises by the North Koreans", said Paul Haenle, a former China director at the White House National Security Council in the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations. "Right now it is too soon for that".

But Trump refused to endorse a communique at the G7 summit over the weekend that said participants were "guided by our shared values of freedom, democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights and our commitment to promote a rules-based global order".

The developments, Gold said, leave Iran now "more isolated in its uncompromising position on the development of weapons of mass destruction".

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According to Gold, while the details of the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula remain vague, the deal will serve as a precedent. We made a decision to revisit the history of Rodman's relationship with North Korea leading up to the summit.

"We fully understand the peace talks were about denuclearization - we wanted this to be part of that as well", he said.

In an emotional and sometimes hard-to-follow interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo, Rodman, wearing sunglasses and a "Make America Great Again" hat, said he had received a call from the White House ahead of Trump's historic meeting with Kim - the first between a sitting president and North Korean leader.

Hyuki Ahn, who is the Jecheon, South Korea, society president of the Sister Cities Association of Spokane, said she has been talking with siblings in South Korea daily about the summit. Now, he said, his only mission is to bring peace to the US and North Korea. "This will be a long process, but the outcome may be revolutionary". Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is now tasked with fleshing out, with an as yet unnamed North Korean counterpart, the most critical component of the Singapore summit-the "de-nuking", as Trump puts it. "It does not sound logical, until it happens".

Even some Republicans in Congress seemed uneasy about this. "And, that he sees his interests and his regime's interests differently than his father and grandfather", said Dr. Latham.

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