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‘Illusion of progress’: National security expert picks apart Trump’s summit with Kim Jong Un

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On Thursday, Jon Wolfsthal, director of Global Zero’s Nuclear Crisis Group, and former nuclear expert for the National Security Council under Barack Obama’s administration warned that President Donald Trump’s summit in North Korea is nothing more than an “illusion of progress.”

Trump met with North Korea dictator Kim Jong Un for his second summit in Hanoi, Vietnam. The nuclear summit ended abruptly without a deal.

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Trump has been scrutinized for the summit and for his cozy relationship with Jong Un. According to Wolfsthal, Trump is making a huge mistake when it comes to his relationship with North Korea.

Wolfsthal said that Trump is more focused on the “illusion of progress,” rather than actually landing a deal and making sustainable progress.

Even though Trump, tweeted that North Korea is not a threat to Americans, multiple national security experts have disagreed.

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“We are technically at war with North Korea. We have a number of things that could rapidly lead to a conflict or escalation with North Korea. It is a very serious challenge that we’d have to address,” Wolfsthal told Raw Story.

Wolfsthal added, “My concern is that President Trump has shown no ability to actually achieve diplomatic outcomes. He wants to sell the image of success and the illusion of progress even when there is no actual progress.”

“While I want President Trump to make progress, I’m doubtful that he has the team or the capability to actually achieve real success,” he said.

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Wolfsthal said that he had hoped Trump would come back from the summit not with vague promises but with firm commitments.

“We need our commitments in writing. We need an objective timeline for what North Korea is going to achieve. And we need to be able to put people on the ground to verify that they’re doing what they say they’re going to do,” he explained.

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Trump has built his brand and persona on being the ultimate dealmaker. Wolfsthal warned against this mindset and said that Trump might be so “eager” to make a deal that he fails to keep the best interest of Americans at heart.

He explained that America has the upper hand when it comes to North Korea and that everyone knows that except Trump.

“The problem is Donald Trump doesn’t seem to know it and he’s so desperate for a deal, even if it doesn’t actually have content, that he’s likely to give things away without getting anything in return,” he said.

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WATCH: Native American protesters ‘reclaimed the road’ to Donald Trump’s speech at Mount Rushmore

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Police in camouflage fatigues and riot gear faced off against protesters in South Dakota on Friday evening.

"More than 100 protesters gathered on a highway leading to Mount Rushmore on Friday ahead of President Donald Trump’s speech at the monument," Indian Country Today reports. "Native women in ribbon skirts created a line across the highway, behind them members of NDN Collective, a nonprofit Native advocacy organization, parked white vans across the road."

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‘Trump surrenders to the virus’: White House ripped for new ‘learn to live with it’ message on COVID-19

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President Donald Trump's administration was harshly criticized on Friday after a new report from NBC News.

"After several months of mixed messages on the coronavirus pandemic, the White House is settling on a new one: Learn to live with it," reported Carol Lee, Kristen Welker and Monica Alba.

"Administration officials are planning to intensify what they hope is a sharper, and less conflicting, message of the pandemic next week, according to senior administration officials, after struggling to offer clear directives amid a crippling surge in cases across the country. On Thursday, the United States reported more than 55,000 new cases of coronavirus and infection rates were hitting new records in multiple states," NBC News reported.

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Will Michael Cohen be sent back to prison after being photographed at fancy NYC restaurant?

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Former Donald Trump attorney Michael Cohen, who is currently furloughed from his prison sentence due to the COVID-19 pandemic, was reportedly photographed at a fancy restaurant in Manhattan.

"Michael Cohen could soon be back to chowing down in a prison cafeteria," the NY Post reported Friday. "The recently sprung jailbird was caught by The Post dining out on Manhattan’s Upper East Side — and the meal may cost him his freedom, legal experts said Friday."

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