Fox News host: Trump suspending military exercises was a ‘big give to the North Koreans’
Fox News host Leland Vittert said that President TrumpDonald John TrumpPennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down GOP bid to stop election certification Biden looks to career officials to restore trust, morale in government agencies Sunday shows preview: US health officials brace for post-holiday COVID-19 surge 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 PompeoBiden looks to career officials to restore trust, morale in government agencies Biden faces challenges, opportunities in Middle East O'Brien on 2024 talk: 'There's all kinds of speculation out there' MORE’s visit to North Korea following the historic summit with Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un last month.
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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.
“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."