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Ex-Obama Security Adviser Ben Rhodes on Trump Negotiating with North Korea: This Is Not a ‘Reality Show’

Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” former deputy security adviser to President Barack Obama Ben Rhodes said President Donald Trump negotiations with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un were not a “reality show.”

Rhodes said, “We should all root for the success of diplomacy with North Korea. I think it is right to pursue the diplomatic track given the costs of a war could be hundreds of thousands killed in minutes. I think the questions that we have are about whether he’s equipped to succeed in that diplomacy. He’s declaring victory and nothing has happened yet. We have to see how they approach this.”

He added, “This is not a real estate deal or a reality show. When you’re in a negotiation as complex as a North Korean nuclear program, and a situation that is volatile as the Korean peninsula, you need diplomats. Don’t hollow out the State Department. They have no ambassador to Seoul. Get the professionals in the room to put together a strategy.”



  1. Betsy Cox

    March 12, 2018 at 5:34 am

    At lest he is going to try to meet with North Korea and I am sure he will do fine. Bush, Clinton and Obama didnt even try to stop him from his Nuclear building Shame on them. So sit back in your chair and let our President do the job that the three past presidents didnt even try to stop. We the people elected President Trump because we were tired of the treason, murder, corruption and lies. So go back under your rock your advise isnt needed

    • patrick bonner

      March 12, 2018 at 11:23 am

      typical of obama-acolytes. his neighborhood punk=organiser couldn’t negotiate a little-league hit and run play. same goes for the latter’s laughable staff, incl rhodes

  2. hell

    March 12, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    this man is a corrupt S.O.B and did many things to hurt us in lock step with our first negro muslim pres in our history. he should be brought up on charges and put in prison and may he rot in HELL

  3. Bill

    March 12, 2018 at 2:05 pm

    Let the REAL President do his job. Obama, Bush, Clinton were all a joke. Scare of N. Korea. Now, Trump has no fear and will not back down. That is what possibly scared Kim Jong Un…knowing President Trump will get the job done…one way or the other.

    • paulette

      March 12, 2018 at 6:27 pm


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      March 12, 2018 at 6:28 pm


  4. paulette

    March 12, 2018 at 6:26 pm


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