Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Press Conference About “C-VID” and The Upcoming Summit With North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un…

Earlier today, following discussions with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held a press conference to discuss “C-VID”, the Complete, Verifiable and Irreversible Denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.  WATCH:

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(Transcript Below)

[Transcript] SANDERS: Good afternoon. Thanks for being patient with us. Obviously, there’s a great deal of interest on the upcoming summit with the North Koreans. We have Secretary Pompeo here, who will make some brief opening remarks and then take questions on that topic. As you know, the President has already done a press conference today, so we’ll keep questions limited to that. And we’ll be around the rest of the day to answer other news of the day.

Thanks. With that, Mr. Secretary.

SECRETARY POMPEO: Thanks, Sarah.

QUESTION: Sarah, are you going to take questions after (inaudible)?

SECRETARY POMPEO: Yes, I’m going to take a couple questions. (Laughter.) A couple. Good afternoon. It’s great to be joining you all here today. Early in his presidency, President Trump made a commitment to address the threat of North Korea, which has been a threat to our nation for far too long.

President Trump has been, and continues to be, committed to ridding the United States and the world of threats posed by North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs. These programs threaten our homeland, our allies and partners, and the broader non-proliferation regime. North Korea’s past activities also make clear that it is proliferation to other actors that creates a risk, in addition to the primary risks. It has supporting infrastructure that is also of concern.

In early 2017, the Trump administration decided on a policy we have referred to as the “maximum pressure campaign.” The campaign enacted the strongest economic and diplomatic sanctions against North Korea in history. The goal was to set the conditions for the DPRK to make a strategic decision to denuclearize as the best means by which it will achieve its own security.

American leadership rallied the international community to send a strong message to Chairman Kim Jong Un and the world that we would not stand for the DPRK’s illegal weapons programs. The President’s bold decision to meet with Chairman Kim Jong Un grew from this incredibly strong and targeted campaign. The President’s policy directly led to the historic summit that will take place on June 12th in Singapore.

Back on March 8th, Chairman Kim Jong Un expressed his desire to meet with President Trump as soon as possible. And then on May 9th, I met with Chairman Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang and explained America’s expectations for denuclearization.

At that time, we also secured the release of three Americans: Kim Dong-chul, Tony Kim, and Kim Hak-song. We view this as a sign of goodwill from Chairman Kim Jong Un.

The United States and North Korea have been holding direct talks in preparation for a summit, and North Korea has confirmed to us its willingness to denuclearize. A comprehensive whole-of-government effort in support of President Trump’s upcoming summit is under way. White House- and State Department-led advance teams are finalizing logistical preparations and will remain in place in Singapore until the summit begins. The President continues to follow every development closely, and is getting daily briefings from his national security team.

The fact that our two leaders are coming to the table shows that the two sides are very serious. The diplomatic model we’ve used to date is different from past efforts. Our efforts give us hope that we can find real success where past efforts have fallen short.

President Trump is hopeful, but he’s also going into the summit with his eyes wide open. We’ve seen how many inadequate agreements have been struck in the past. And you can be sure that President Trump will not stand for a bad deal. The United States has been clear, time and time again, that complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is the only outcome that we will find acceptable.

The President recognizes that North Korea has great potential, and he looks forward to a day when sanctions on the DPRK can begin to be removed. However, that cannot happen until the DPRK completely and verifiably eliminates its weapons of mass destruction programs.

President Trump and Chairman Kim will certainly also discuss security assurances for the DPRK, establishing a peace regime, and improving relations between our two countries. Until we achieve our goals, the measures that the world, alongside the United States, has put on the regime will remain. In the event diplomacy does not move in the right direction, these measures will increase. Throughout the entire process, the United States has been unified with Japan and South Korea in response to the threats from North Korea.

I will be traveling with my — excuse me, I will be traveling to meet with my Japanese and South Korean counterparts after the summit to continue to coordinate with them. I will also stop in Beijing following the Singapore summit. I’ll provide them with an update and underscore the importance of fully implementing all sanctions that are imposed on North Korea.

President Trump recognizes North Korea’s desire for security and is prepared to ensure a DPRK free of its weapons of mass destruction is also a secure North Korea.

President Trump has made it clear that if Kim Jong Un denuclearizes, there is a brighter path for North Korea and its people. We envision a strong, connected, secure, and prosperous North Korea that is integrated into the community of nations. We think that the people of the United States and North Korea can create a future defined by friendship and collaboration, and not by mistrust and fear.

We believe that Chairman Kim Jong Un shares this positive vision for the future, and we are committed to finding a path forward. And we assume and hope that that belief is sincere.

We’re looking forward to being in Singapore in just a few days.

SANDERS: As a reminder, we’ll take just a few questions before the Secretary has to depart.

Roberta.

QUESTION: Thank you. What progress have you made in narrowing the gap in your understanding of denuclearization and North Korea’s definition of denuclearization? Has there been progress in bringing that definition closer together?

SECRETARY POMPEO: Yes.

QUESTION: Can you describe that a little bit?

SECRETARY POMPEO: No.

(Laughter.)

SANDERS: That was quick. Jon Decker.

QUESTION: Thank you, Sarah. Thank you, Secretary Pompeo. As you mentioned in your remarks, North Korea, in the past, has reneged on prior agreements that it’s made with the U.S. government. So I have two questions for you. The first question has to do with your experience meeting with Kim Jong Un. Do you trust him? And my second question has to do with the negotiations that are upcoming with North Korea. Who, in your opinion, has the upper hand in the negotiations, and why?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So with respect to your first question, I’ve had the chance to meet with Chairman Kim Jong Un twice now. I can tell you he is very capable of articulating the things that he is prepared to do, present clearly the challenges that we all have to overcome. It’s why the two leaders are meeting. It’s the opportunity to lay those out clearly between the two leaders so that we can see if we can find a path forward together that achieves the outcomes that both countries want.

And your second question?

QUESTION: Who has the upper hand in the negotiations?

SECRETARY POMPEO: Yeah. We don’t think about it in terms of who has the upper hand. We know this has been a long, intractable challenge. It’s gone on for decades. The President has said repeatedly: Previous administrations weren’t prepared to do what we’ve done already. It’s not about who has the upper hand. It’s about trying to find a way where the two sides can come to an understanding, where we can get concrete steps, not just words, that resolve this challenge.

Pamela.

QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, first of all, the President said that he doesn’t believe he needs to prepare very much ahead of this summit. Do you think that’s a prudent approach?

And also, I want to get your reaction to Rudy Giuliani’s comments that “Kim Jong Un got back on his hands and knees and begged” for the summit to go back on — whether you think he should be weighing in on these international affairs and whether you agree with that assessment.

SECRETARY POMPEO: So back to your second question. I took him as it being a small room and not being serious about the comments. I think it was a bit in jest, and —

QUESTION: Do you think it could jeopardize the summit or —

SECRETARY POMPEO: We’re moving forward. We’re focused on the important things. I know Rudy. Rudy doesn’t speak for the administration when it comes to this negotiation and this set of issues.

With respect to your first question, you know, progress — we’re making progress, inch by inch. And we’re going to travel there. This is different. The approach that President Trump is taking is fundamentally different. In the past, there have been months and months of detailed negotiations, and it got nowhere. This has already driven us to a place we’ve not been able to achieve before.

SANDERS: Dave Boyer.

QUESTION: Thank you, Mr. Secretary. The President said today that if the Singapore meeting goes well, he’d like to bring Kim Jong Un to Washington, possibly, for further meetings. Has Kim Jong Un invited the President to come to North Korea?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So I don’t want to talk to you about the conversations that have been had between the North Korean side and the United States. I’ll leave that for the President to talk to.

But I do want to get to — and this comes back to the other question that you asked about the President’s preparation. So in my previous role — and I’ve said this before; you can look it up — there were few days that I left the Oval Office after having briefed the President that we didn’t talk about North Korea. So over months and months, days and days, President Trump has been receiving briefings on this issue about the military aspects of it; the commercial, economic aspects of it; the history of the relationship. And in the past few months, there have been near-daily briefings, including today, where we have been providing the President all the information that he needs. And I am very confident that the President will be fully prepared when he meets with his North Korean counterpart.

QUESTION: Just having met the man twice now, what can you tell us about what opinions you’ve formed of Kim Jong Un as a person?

SECRETARY POMPEO: Yeah. So I haven’t spent that much time with him. What I have said publicly is he has indicated to me, personally, that he is prepared to denuclearize; that he understands that the current model doesn’t work, that he’s prepared to denuclearize.

And that, too, he understands that we can’t do it the way we’ve done it before — that this has to be big and bold, and we have to agree to making major changes. We can’t step through this over years, but rather need to acknowledge it will take some amount of time, that this doesn’t happen instantaneously. But that the model for succeeding — security assurance; and political normalization; and denuclearization completely, verifiably, and irreversibly — for that to take place, we’ve got to make bold decisions.

And I’m hopeful that Chairman Kim Jong Un is prepared to make that decision for his country. A big shift in his strategic understanding of his security.

SANDERS: Ayesha.

QUESTION: Thank you. So you said that you — that the President is prepared to talk about security guarantees for North Korea. We have seen in this administration that you can — that when new administrations come in, they can undo things that prior administrations have done. How can President Trump guarantee long-term security for North Korea and for Kim, in particular?

SECRETARY POMPEO: Well, look, we’re going to have to do things that convince Chairman Kim that that’s the case. All right? That’s what we’ll have to do.

So let me give you an example. We are hopeful that we will put ourselves in a position where we can do something the previous administration didn’t do. Right? They signed a flimsy piece of paper, and we’re hoping to submit a document that Congress would also have a say in — that would give currency and strength and elongation to the process, so that when administrations do change, as they inevitably do, and this one will — six and half years from now — when that takes place, that Chairman Kim will have comfort that American policy will continue down the same path, on the course that we hope we’re able to set in Singapore.

SANDERS: We’ll take one last question. Zeke.

QUESTION: Thank you, Mr. Secretary. At the top of your remarks — first, to follow up briefly on your comments just about Asia. When you say a “document” that Congress would sign off on, are you referring to a treaty?

Then second, at the top of your remarks, you said that there’s also this threat to the United States and its allies from the North Koreans’ WMDs, as well as ballistic missiles. Is that a condition for the President in any negotiation agreement with Chairman Kim, that its ballistic missile program and chemical weapons also be part of that?

And third, finally, can you discuss the format of the meeting between the President and Chairman Kim? What will it look like? Who will be there?

SECRETARY POMPEO: So I’ll leave it to the White House to talk about the format of the meetings when the time is right.

With respect to proliferation risk, it’s very real. There is a history of that, with respect to North Korea and some of our other difficult challenges in the world today. They are connected. The reason you want complete, verifiable, and irreversible is precisely that. To the extent there remain stockpiles, knowledge bases, warehouses, systems, infrastructure, fissile material production facilities — I could go on — to the extent those remain, the risk of proliferation continues. And it’s our aim, through the CVID process and providing the security assurances that Chairman Kim will want, that we can greatly reduce the risk that proliferation ever happens as a result of North Korean actions.

SANDERS: Thanks so much —

QUESTION: One more please, Sarah.

QUESTION: Mr. Secretary, can you explain the President’s shift — when he’s gone from talking about defining success for this meeting as denuclearization of the Peninsula, to now talking about the need for more meetings? Can you explain what happened there and why this shift? And can you also describe your disagreements over North Korea internally with the national security advisor?

SECRETARY POMPEO: Yeah, with respect to the second one, I’ve read a little bit about this. And I love good fiction as next as — as much as the next person, but it is without foundation, so much so that — I’ll be polite, since I’m a diplomat now. Suffice to say, those articles are unfounded and a complete joke.

QUESTION: Surely, there had to be — must have been some —

SECRETARY POMPEO: Oh, sure. Ambassador Bolton and I will disagree with great, great consistency over time, I’m confident. Right? We’re two individuals. We’re each going to present our views. I’m confident that will happen on issues from how long this press conference ought to go — (laughs) — to issues that really matter to the world.

So it’s absolutely the case that Ambassador Bolton and I won’t always agree, and I think the President demands that we each give him our own views.

QUESTION: (Inaudible.)

SECRETARY POMPEO: Yeah. So you had a first — your first question, I’ll try to answer. I’ll try to answer your first question, too. I don’t see the shift as disjunctive as you do. The President has always understood that this was a process. It’s been very clear that there would — that it would always take a great deal of work to do this.

So I think your — you can interpret it how you will, but I think your characterization of that also doesn’t reflect the President’s understanding. I think his understanding about this process has been pretty consistent since I’ve been working with him now, almost a year and a half ago.

SANDERS: Thanks so much, guys.

[END]

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46 Responses to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Press Conference About “C-VID” and The Upcoming Summit With North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un…

  1. wheatietoo says:

    Thanks, Sundance.
    Now we’ll know what C-VID stands for.

    Lines are now drawn. Officially.
    Seems like the makings of a standoff…but it’s great that our President is making a stand.

    No more ‘stupid deals’!

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  2. Ziiggii says:

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    • Mark McQueen says:

      What’s that supposed to mean?

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    • MaineCoon says:

      Buzzfeed? From GCHQ ….(fill in the blanks) …and then Buzzfeed release. Haven’t we been down this path before?

      SoS Pompeo can just answer with one word: LIARS

      FTA: U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Thursday that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asked him for the U.K.’s help in halting North Korea’s “nuclear missile.”

      The comments were made in a leaked audio excerpt, obtained by BuzzFeed News, from Johnson’s appearance at the Institute of Directors in London.

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    • MAGADJT says:

      Sounds like failure politicians are desperately trying to grab for DJT’s coattails as he breezes by them.

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  3. Wretched1 says:

    P.O.M.P.E.O… a command performance; straight forward, no nonsense, no hidden political hocus pocus. The real deal, he and PDJT are gonna pull this off, if they haven’t already…

    Lil Kim: how many McDonalds do you want with this deal? Just two? (we were ready to give ya four!)

    Divine…

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  4. MaineCoon says:

    Today again Martin Armstrong has written about a little discussed incentive for Kim Jong-Un to make a deal with the USA — and it’s food. They are facing an increased food shortage.

    FTA: The markets are lining up and what they are showing is that we are in store for climate change, but it’s getting much colder and that is far worse than global warming. Civilization expands when the climate warms, and it contracts when it gets cold. This is also why Kim Jong-Un of North Korea used missiles to force the West to accept his country back into the world fold. Why? North Korea lost more than 2 million people when the crops failed in 1995/1996. The summer of 2017 saw a dramatic decline in crop production in North Korea, down by some 30%. They are headed to another cycle of cold and starvation. His father’s policies of feeding the army first has created a 1 million man army with nothing to do. People joined the army just to eat.

    https://www.armstrongeconomics.com/markets-by-sector/agriculture/winnipeg-grain-exchange-closing-right-in-time-for-the-cycle/

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    • Sayit2016 says:

      and MONEY. NOKO can’t even pay for the Hotel rooms. T hey have to be able to generate revenue. Think about that. Billions spent on missiles and they can’t pay for hotel rooms…. SMH.

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    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      “They are facing an increased food shortage.”

      What about the Clinton Foundation? I thought that they are suppose to step in during times like that? /sarc

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    • highdezertgator says:

      If you “DeNuke” you can have a Chick-fil-A… not open on Sunday’s so …here are some Bibles for Sunday Church.

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    • A2 says:

      Except for this report (up to date and by experts not rehashed old info from an investment blog):

      “The calm throughout the storm: North Korean market prices in May 2018”

      “Daily NK just released their market price index for May 29th. With that, we get a pretty clear picture of the market situation for the full month of May.

      So, what’s new? Not much, and that is newsworthy in its own right. Throughout the period of so-called “maximum pressure” in economic sanctions pushed by the Trump administration, North Korean market prices have, save for some months of a shaky diesel market, remained remarkably stabile. This trend continued in May.”

      Read the rest here it gives reasons why this may be the case:
      http://www.nkeconwatch.com

      An earlier article you may wish to read discusses the effects of sanctions
      “North Korean markets insulated from sanctions, but not forever”. That is why ‘maximum pressure’ is an important tool for the President.

      http://www.nkeconwatch.com/2018/03/07/north-korean-markets-insulated-from-sanctions-but-not-forever/

      What is interesting and probably part of the President’s policy, is that it is actually China that is feeling the bite of economic sanctions against NK more than NK itself. The case study is the port of Dandong, which is the biggest private port in China on the border with NK and the spigot that trading, legal and illegal, flows between China and NK. The Dandong Port group has had its assets frozen ( about a half of billion in USD) by a local court due to securities dispute with a local brokerage. They may be forced into bankruptcy.

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  5. missilemom says:

    He had me at Yes …No… response! Pompeo rocks.

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  6. Damn. Pompeo doesn’t waste words.

    Really glad this man is on the job!

    Liked by 5 people

  7. Deplorable_Infidel says:

    “I want to get your reaction to Rudy Giuliani’s comments ”

    Excellent responses to the fake news vultures pretending to be journalists

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  8. TwoLaine says:

    When was the last time a Secretary of State briefed the Safari?

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  9. Sayit2016 says:

    I must be in a crap mood today, I am listening to these talking heads getting really ticked off … they are ALL giving President Trump THEIR ADVISE about NOKO when they said Trump would NEVER do this in the first place. SHUT UP YOU STUPID PEOPLE !!!!!!

    The reason we are HERE is because of President Trump. They are just sanctimonious a holes.

    ” Trump should not say he does not have to prepare for this, this sets a precedent that NOKO will think they can get around Trump and embarrass the US, because we have no hard confirmation this will actually be done “. W.T.F???

    The ought to hang their heads in shame that no other President has even attempted this. NOT speaking to someone has never solved a problem. Unless you goal is not to speak with them.

    Problem solving takes communication.

    I am going go and walk the dog before I kick something….

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    • LBB says:

      We are so invested in all of this , that many of us need to step away and decompress. Your dog will love the walk with you.

      Liked by 8 people

    • bkrg2 says:

      Hang in there SayIt. All will be well.
      I used to get really frustrated every day for the first couple hundred days of this administration. Team Trump continues to impress me every day. They are on top of the entire game – all of it – economy, defense, world policy…
      I continue to be amazed at how much has already been accomplished. Plus, look at what is in the pipeline. I am confident that it will all happen over next 6.5 years.
      There are still about 20-30% of this country who are too stupid to realize ANY of the good that has already been done. Another 50% are too busy and distracted to realize. However, they will realize lower taxes, higher pay, better consumer confidence… I expect many to support the MAGA agenda in 2018 elections. There will not be a Demonrat takeover of Congress.
      Trillions are still at stake – so don’t expect the anti-Trump hysteria to go away. Just focus on the good and ignore the haters.
      If all the above does not work – just realize that Rocket Man has already done more for America than the “Resist” swamp creatures.

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      • Sayit2016 says:

        You are correct .. and yes I do know that things will be okay- -I had a chronic level of anxiety when Obama was POTUS- he was like a toddler playing with a grenade pin. I have NEVER felt that way with Trump EVER. I totally trust him. I have told people here I understand his personality very well… now his personality as he is the twin of my Dad in so many way, in looks, in business outlook, street smarts, temperament, life experience ( except Dad was military) then entrepreneur . He can look at a problem no matter how complex and go ok.. this is what we are going to do…. There is no moss under either of these feet. They are movers and doers. They are both loyalty freaks.

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      • Sayit2016 says:

        oh… I know… ugh. I know in my gut things will be ok. There is the 30 % in this country that will say black is white just to be contrary. They are idiots. You do not have to be a brain trust.. what do your damn EYES tell you ? There is the 50 % ish that are too busy working and raising families that have a general awareness of what is going on but are not political animals knowing the details, then there is the other 20% that ARE political animals that follow these political events closely and know all of the players.

        I know Trumps personality very very well.. why ? My Father is his twin in so many ways..it’s eerie . in life experience, looks, past divorce, temperament, business outlook, problem solving etc.

        My Dad could look at a multi-layered complex problem and say ok– we are going to try this..this is how we are going to fix this and do it. I paid attention….for 20 years, I worked with him- I am my Father’s daughter.

        When I see these talking heads that could not figure out to empty a bucket with both hands it gets under my skin. Yet every thing this President does they try to micro manage him. Good luck with that. I feel protective of this President and I finally figured out why… I lost my Father recently and it is like watching my Dad everyday…bitter/sweet. I wish he was here to see this… we would have been on the phone for hours at night discussing the days event. Howling.

        He actually gave me ” The Art Of The Deal” when I I turned 25.. He inscribed the book ” Study this book, learn from it, use what you learn – This is a smart guy- but not as smart as your Dad” Love Dad.

        So when I see these people treat My President with such disrespect-knowing what he is doing, the pressure he is under, the battles he is waging for US- I want to slam their heads in drawers.

        People never understood what My Dad was doing until it was done… They just thought he was lucky…. ( not that he worked his butt off- he made it look easy – it wasn’t) – I would see him do some pretty risky stuff that would scare most people and my sister would say .. you worried?.. .I’d say no. Two things are going to happen here. It will either fly or fail either way we can take the stress test. So when it worked out how we hoped it was always a celebration. We had a joke between us, when we pulled it the project off, we would look at each other and say at same time “Lucky Pierre”. and have a relieved laugh.

        No risk no gain.

        I guess it is the outright LYING about President Trump that makes me angry if you are going to lie make it a good one.. They don’t. It is just stupid fabrication easily debunked.

        They will scream their heads off for the next 6 year and I don’t actually give a damn if they do.

        Dogs are laying at my feet tired from chasing squirrels on our walk .. and I realize Life once again…Life is good and getting better ; )

        Thanks for your kind post.

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    • Jan says:

      The MSM hopes against hope that Pres. Trump is as stupid as our previous presidents and our wanna-be presidential failures. They think he must suffer from ADHD. IMHO, Trump is a very intelligent person who is a quicker study than the dunderheads out there, including the MSM & never-Trumpers. He toys with the MSM daily–especially when he says he doesn’t need daily briefings on something. His tweets this week have really been razor sharp, especially on the “13 angry Democrats”, trade talks & the G7. He’s talked about his ideas on NoKo for years and he probably talks to someone daily just on his own time about NoKo. I like his approach on foreign policy, trade, and national & economic security. I just wish the lobbyists would run out of money, go away and take Chuck the Schmuck, High Taxes, High Crimes Pelosi, Ryan the RINO & McTurtle & their never Trumper colleagues with them.

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      • Sayit2016 says:

        President Trump has studied this for decades– he knows this stuff cold. He does not need to “prepare”.

        They are just mad he is doing something the other President were to scared to do..

        How many historic first does he has to enact before they figure out. He is fearless.

        This whole think has showed me that people in power can be incredibly thin skinned and rather pissy.

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  10. Gadsenfly says:

    Pompeo like a boss.
    “The next administration in Six and a Half Years”
    Love it!

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    • mefotobug says:

      Sorry Gadsenfly, didn’t see you had picked up on the same comment I had until I refreshed the page. Loved this snip; Pompeo is clearly fully behind this administration and head administrator, our commander in chief: President Donald Trump! Very much appreciate this SoS!!!

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      • MTK says:

        Who says we treepers can’t have common thoughts. That’s what makes for fellowship, knowing others are thinking and saying the same thing.

        Rejoice in it!!!

        Let the ‘it takes a village’ people clam up, worried they’ll be standing in some else shadow for once. Seems to me once some of the shadow casters start getting indicted, their greatest fear will materialize, “They will have nothing to say.”

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  11. TeaForAll says:

    WH Press getting on my last nerve. Sarah has the patience of a Saint to put up with their rude behavior

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  12. Echo says:

    Well, thank god for small mercies, I’d rather Rudi babble on about Kim and thereby threaten the Trump summit than he babble on about impeachment and self pardons.
    This fellow needs a debrief by, say, Mattis.

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  13. mefotobug says:

    “…Six and a half years from now…”

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  14. bkrg2 says:

    Very impressed with Pompeo.
    I still respect T-Rex and his service and wish the departure was not so messy.
    It’s starting to look like an excellent shake-up by Trump.

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  15. GB Bari says:

    I can’t think of any concern or complaint I have about the process or progress that’s been made so far in this potentially monumental task. I am at complete ease with President Trump and Secretary Pompeo running this.

    In contrast, I never ever felt at ease with Obozo & his White House Clowns dealing with foreign countries. I knew they were giving away more and more of our country’s wealth and security with every “deal”.

    My guess is there are a lot of folks feeling the same way these days.

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  16. A2 says:

    “First Ignore, Then Disparage: Reporting Trump’s Nuclear Diplomacy”

    “hocked that a Trump-Kim summit meeting could soon take place? Worried that it could collapse? No wonder. You’ve been misled by coverage of U.S. diplomacy with North Korea in the news media.

    For months that coverage had all but ignored the possibility of negotiation. Never mind that the Trump administration’s stated policy was “maximum pressure and engagement.” Reporters in Washington and abroad focused on any signs of political, economic, and military pressure while all but ignoring diplomatic efforts underway offstage for fifteen months. South Korean and Japanese media followed their lead.

    Once the possibility of a summit meeting became obvious, the very idea became the object of withering disparagement in the U.S news media. South Korean reporting was somewhat more optimistic and Japanese reporting more ominous, reflecting the proclivities of their governments.

    Ignorance Is Bliss

    Did you know that during the 2016 campaign, candidate Donald Trump repeatedly talked about negotiating with North Korea, not just having a hamburger with Kim Jong Un?

    Or that within days of his inauguration, President Trump signed off on delivery of a token amount of flood relief, the first humanitarian aid to the DPRK in five years?

    You may have heard that in February 2017, the chief of the American division in the DPRK Foreign Ministry was invited to New York to meet with the U.S. diplomat in charge of negotiating with the North – only to have their meeting cancelled over the assassination of Kim Jong Un’s half-brother. But did you know that within weeks, talks began in the so-called “New York channel”? Subsequent meetings with North Korean policy-makers were held in Oslo and Pyongyang. That led to the release of the American detainee Otto Warmbier.”

    (Read the article here, you may be surprised)
    https://www.38north.org/2018/06/lsigal06062018/

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  17. Regarding the “Deals” I think the Japanese will partake a larger part in the negotiations. Maybe even part of the restitution or reparations towards NK to settle the matter. Just a wag….

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