The former deputy national security adviser to President Barack Obama said Sunday that he has spoken to his former boss about the potential meeting between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump, and Obama is rooting for the meeting’s success.
“I think the nation should be rooting for diplomacy to work with North Korea and I think that’s certainly President Obama’s view,” Ben Rhodes told ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl during an interview on “This Week” Sunday.
Rhodes warned, however, that he has not seen evidence that the Trump administration is “equipped for this negotiation.”
“We have to realize there’s nothing more complex than nuclear negotiations,” Rhodes said. “There’s no place in the world more volatile than the Korean peninsula. You cannot just approach this like a reality show. This has to be something where you bring in the experts, you invest in the same type of capabilities in our government that we’ve seen this administration turn their back on: Science and diplomacy.”