'They Could Have Skyped': MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace Mocks Trump for Tamping Down Expectations Ahead of North Korea Summit

As President Donald Trump heads to his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, expectations for the meeting are all over the place. MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace pointed out Monday that Trump himself now seems to be setting up expectations to be pretty low — especially after the disastrous G-7 meeting last week.


"Fresh off the heels of a diplomatic debacle in Canada in which Donald Trump managed to clash with some of America's oldest and closest allies, Trump is trying his luck with one of America's adversaries, Kim Jong-un, in the hope that upon meeting Donald Trump, Kim will agree to denuclearize the Korean peninsula," Wallace said on her show "Deadline: White House." "That's the stated goal of America's Secretary of State Mike Pompeo: The complete and verifiable denuclearization of North Korea."

But Wallace noted that Trump has already shown that he has different expectations for the Summit than Pompeo.

"At a minimum, I do believe at least we'll have met each other, we'll have seen each other, hopefully, we'll have liked each other, and we'll start that process," Trump said at a press conference over the weekend. "So I would say that will be the minimal. And the maximum, I think you know the answer to that. But I think that will take a little bit of time."

"'See each other'?" Wallace asked. "I hate to break this to the advance teams, but if that was all he was after, they could have Skyped!"

Watch the clip below:

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

Close
alternet logo

Tough Times

Demand honest news. Help support AlterNet and our mission to keep you informed during this crisis.