North Korean leader Kim Jong Un achieved a bigger success than President Donald Trump at their summit in Singapore, former national security adviser Susan Rice said on CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS."
"[Kim] committed to less than his father and grandfather. He got an equally broad security commitment from the United States, very vague," said Rice, who served in the Obama administration.
"But what he really got was the opportunity, for the first time, to be on the international stage as an equal with the president of the United States and all the trappings and flags designed to make him look like an equal – something that his father and grandfather had sought for years to achieve and never did."
She also stressed that Trump gave up an unnecessary concession by announcing a suspension to military exercises with South Korea without getting anything tangible in return.
Rice said that these factors, as well as others, illustrate that despite the president’s attempt at spinning the summit as a victory for himself, a fair assessment of it shows the opposite.
While Rice was national security adviser, she generated controversy for at first wrongly stating that the attack on an American diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, was prompted by a spontaneous protest against an anti-Muslim video made in the United States, and also for praising Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who deserted his post, after the Obama administration traded five Taliban prisoners to get him released from captivity.
After she left her position, it was also revealed that Rice requested the unmasking of the identities of some Americans mentioned in intelligence reports connected to the Trump presidential campaign and transition. In response to the controversy surrounding the move, Rice said she did so to provide context to the intelligence reports, and not for political reasons.
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