Fox News host: Trump suspending military exercises was a ‘big give to the North Koreans’

Fox News host: Trump suspending military exercises was a ‘big give to the North Koreans’
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Fox News host Leland Vittert said that President TrumpDonald John TrumpA better VA, with mental health services, is essential for America's veterans Pelosi, Nadler tangle on impeachment, contempt vote Trump arrives in Japan to kick off 4-day state visit MORE’s decision to suspend joint military exercises with South Korea was a “big give to the North Koreans.”

Vittert on Thursday was discussing Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOvernight Defense: 1,500 troops heading to Mideast to counter Iran | Trump cites Iran tensions to push through Saudi arms sale | Senate confirms Army, Navy chiefs before weeklong recess Senators say Trump using loophole to push through Saudi arms sale Trump to send 1,500 troops to Middle East to counter Iran MORE’s visit to North Korea following the historic summit with Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un last month.

Michael Waltz, a former adviser to former Vice President Dick Cheney, said that Pompeo can reinforce the denuclearization program with North Korea by threatening military force.

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“How do you have a credible use of military force when you’ve ended military exercises, you’re allowing China to cheat on the sanctions and the North Koreans have not done anything to show their good faith?” Vittert asked.

“Nothing,” he emphasized.

Waltz pushed back, pointing out that Trump only suspended one military exercise.

“You can’t deny that was a big give to the North Koreans and we haven’t really gotten anything in return,” Vittert responded.

The Pentagon announced shortly after the summit that the U.S. would indefinitely suspend two training exercises with South Korea.

Pompeo directly contradicted Trump’s claim last month that North Korea was no longer a nuclear threat following the summit in Singapore.

"I'm confident what he intended there was, 'We did reduce the threat,'" Pompeo said, according to CNN. "I don't think there's any doubt about that."