Should President Trump meet with Kim Jong Un?
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Should President Trump meet with Kim Jong Un?

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CIA Director Mike Pompeo met with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un over Easter weekend to help lay the groundwork for a meeting between Kim and President Trump. Trump agreed to meet with Kim earlier this year, and some feel a meeting between the two could help de-escalate the growing nuclear crisis on the Korean peninsula. But Trump's detractors point out his temperament could make a bad situation worse. Other critics think the U.S. should not be meeting with dictators without preconditions. What do you think? 🤔
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CIA Director Mike Pompeo met with Kim Jong Un over Easter weekend "in an effort to lay the groundwork for a summit between Kim and President Trump." Pompeo is also Trump's nominee for Secretary of State, but he has not been confirmed by the Senate yet.

Pompeo's trip, which was first reported by The Washington Post, came to light hours after Trump told reporters that the U.S. and North Korea are holding direct talks at "extremely high levels" in preparation for what would be an extraordinary meeting following months of heated rhetoric over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons program.

Trump applauded Pompeo, and still plans to meet with Kim himself in the near future.

Some find the whole thing disturbing. For one, Pompeo has not been confirmed as Secretary of State, yet he is already acting like it. Second, U.S. officials typically don't meet with dictators without some preconditions.

Using diplomacy to end the nuclear crisis with North Korea seemed like a lost cause until now. But North Korea's invitation is the perfect chance for the U.S. to sit down with Kim and figure out a deal that will satisfy North Korea's concerns and keep the world safe. The fact that North Korea is extending this offer now means that U.S. policy has been successful—it has forced North Korea to the negotiating table.

While people constantly doubt Trump, it's clear something is working. President Trump constantly touts his skills as a negotiator and dealmaker, so let's see him put it to work. This could be the best chance the world has at avoiding a military solution to the nuclear crisis. Otherwise, millions could die. 

Let's face the facts: a meeting with Kim Jong Un is normally a good thing. But a meeting between Kim Jong Un and President Donald J. Trump is not necessarily a good thing. Trump is famously temperamental; not a character trait you want in a nuclear weapons negotiator. Trump has habitually engaged in self-sabotage. The past two years in the White House has been one unforced error after the other.

There is no way that Trump meeting with Kim Jong Un would end well.

At another level, a meeting with Trump is exactly what the North Koreans want. Experts theorize that a large part of North Korea's saber-rattling is a calculated move to remain an important player on the international stage. It's obvious the international community and North Korea do not play well. To this end, North Korea thinks it can punch above its weight on the international stage by acting out and threatening its neighbors and the U.S.

Here's how North Korea expert Jeffrey Lewis puts it:

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