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Mon Nov 13, 2017, 08:23 AM

'They Want to Know If Trump's Crazy'

Inside the secret back-channel North Korea talks

By SUSAN B. GLASSER November 13, 2017

“They want to know if he’s crazy,” said Suzanne DiMaggio, “or if this is just an act.”

“They” is North Korean officials. And “he” is Donald Trump. Four times over the last year, in Geneva, Pyongyang, Oslo and Moscow, DiMaggio has secretly met with North Koreans to talk about the country’s nuclear program. But what they really want to talk about, DiMaggio said in an extensive new interview for The Global Politico, is America’s volatile president.

The North Koreans have asked her not only if Trump is nuts, DiMaggio said, but what and how to think about everything from his public undercutting of his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible campaign collusion with Russia.

“They really want to know what is his end game,” said DiMaggio, a scholar at New America who specializes in talking with rogue regimes and has spent nearly two decades in secret discussions with the North Koreans. She believes they were ready after Trump’s surprise election to discuss a new round of official talks with the U.S. to defuse the standoff over their nuclear weapons – but that Trump’s escalating rhetoric and Twitter rants such as his weekend taunting of North Korea’s “short and fat” Kim Jong Un may have foreclosed that option. “They follow the news very closely; they watch CNN 24/7; they read his tweets and other things.”

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https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/11/13/north-korea-trump-secret-talks-global-politico-215822

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Nov 13, 2017, 08:29 AM

1. Bwahahahaha. The north-korean strategy turned against them!

Kim Jong-Un pretends to be a dangerous madman to be feared and left alone. And now he's unsure whether another guy is a madman!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Nov 13, 2017, 08:38 AM

2. His end game? Same as all the other world billionaires. Take ALL the money, power and resources

that exist on this planet away from EVERYONE else and keep it all for themselves.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Nov 13, 2017, 08:50 AM

3. I'll bet they never asked if Obama was crazy.

Our diplomats can just tell Kim's people to pretend tRump is a 10-year old billionaire's kid that's never ventured outside the penthouse.



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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Nov 13, 2017, 08:56 AM

4. I saw her interviewed, and she has a much better handle on things than Donnie Boy...

but now no one's listening to her.

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #4)

Mon Nov 13, 2017, 09:00 AM

5. You have a better handle on things than donnie-2-scoops

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Nov 13, 2017, 09:18 AM

6. If you think to ask...

...you already know the answer.

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Response to Girard442 (Reply #6)

Mon Nov 13, 2017, 09:26 AM

7. Yes. NK will have political psychologists, but of course every

chance to understand and predict the incomprehensible and unpredictable would be grabbed onto.

Trump has to have given a great boost to the field of political psychology. Frankly, I'm prepared to believe he has forced/inspired almost every national government and major corporation on the planet to consult and/or hire people to study him. And then each other.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Mon Nov 13, 2017, 09:46 AM

8. they should invite him for state dinner, and give him a big military parade.

flatter the shit out of him.
problem solved.

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