Willie Geist to Ash Carter: Why Is President Trump Treating the N. Korea Dictator with Such Flattery?
GEIST: "I want to ask you about President Trump and his approach to North Korea. Yesterday, talking about a beautiful letter he received from Kim Jong-un. What do you suspect is up here? Why is President Trump treating the dictator, the murderous dictator of North Korea with such flattery?
CARTER: "Well, the only possible explanation I can offer is he’s hoping that we’ll get progress on denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. Remember, it was something they promised to — I’ve been around this long — President George Bush 1 in 1992. This isn’t a new promise. What we need is a plan that goes behind the promise. What we haven’t gotten yet is a plan that is actually underway to get rid of their nuclear weapons. So that’s his — our president’s style of diplomacy. Right now, everybody is happy except us. The North Koreans are happy because we’re kind of off their back. China is kind of happy because we’re not threatening war. And South Korea, which happens to have an administration right now which is sort of a peacenik kind of administration, it is convenient for them. We don’t have denuclearization yet."