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CNN global affairs analyst and anti-Trump Republican Max Boot has had a rough day with this Trump-Kim summit. So, it was natural for him to repeatedly dismiss the Singapore gathering on Monday’s CNN Tonight as something that “any previous president could have done” and it was only Donald Trump who foolishly decided to make North Korea’s dreams come true and legitimize them on the world stage.
Connecting the Singapore summit to Trump’s previous stop at the G7, Boot surmised that Trump’s “war of words” with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “is a calamitous development” that could destroy “the underpinning of American peace and prosperity since 1945.” Yeesh.
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Boot was first asked to comment on the latest installment of the CNN feedback loop (Dennis Rodman crying to Chris Cuomo in the past hour) and replied that it “add[ed] to the spectacle of the day and from the standpoint of spectacle, you'd have to say what happened is a success and I think that's primarily what both Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump are interested it.”
On cue, Boot deemed North Korea the winner of the summit before it had even ended:
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For Kim Jong-un this is already a victory because he wants legitimacy, he wants a place on the international, he wants to be recognized as an equal by the president of the United States, he wants to seen as nuclear power, and he's achieving all of that. This is a tremendous propaganda victory for him.
He then took issue with comments raised by conservative political commentator Scott Jennings that this was a victory for Trump and United States.
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Why? Because “any previous president could have easily had a summit with any previously leader of North Korea because they've been very eager to be legitimated by the President of the United States, and Donald Trump is...
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