The former U.S. ambassador to South Korea was astonished at the concessions agreed to by President Donald Trump during his summit with Kim Jong-un.
Christopher Hill, who conducted negotiations with North Korea under the Bush administration, told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that Trump had sold out South Korea, where he served as ambassador from 1983 to 1985.
“I’m a little worried about it, and I’d like to know how that all happened, but to me the most extraordinary news of this whole day was another blow to allies,” Hill said. “The president announced to a press conference that what he called war games, annual defensive exercises we have with South Korea, he considers it provocative and he’s going to stop them. I can understand the North Koreans taking that position, I’m a little surprised at our own president taking that position.”
Co-host Mika Brzezinski said the president’s remarks were “quite stunning,” and foreign policy expert Richard Haass couldn’t believe Trump had sided with an adversary over an ally.
“That’s stunning, that comment,” said Haass, the longtime president of the Council on Foreign Relations. “That suggests this was not wired. The idea that the president would unilaterally go out there, portray this in terms like ‘provocative’ and ‘war games,’ surprise an ally whose very existence depends upon the 28,500 American troops and the backing behind it, that is a stunning shock to an ally.”