Watch: CNN’s Erin Burnett Tears Trump-Loving Steve Cortes To Shreds After He Claims North Korea Isn’t A Threat
Trump supporter and Republican strategist Steve Cortes claimed on Tuesday during a discussion on CNN that North Korea is no longer a threat to the United States, cause CNN’s Erin Burnett to fire back.
Cortes claimed that ever since Trump met with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un that the country no longer poses a threat to the U.S.
Burnett wasn’t having it.
“The realistic view, [President Barack] Obama freed more hostages than Trump. And promising to denuclearize has historically meant nothing from North Korea,” she said. “They have agreed to do it, and not done it again, and again, and again. There’s proof that they have expanded facilities. So, why do you say we don’t know if they are not serious.”
Cortes then claimed that North Korea has stopped shooting missiles, meaning that it’s a “huge victory” for the U.S.
“He doesn’t have to shoot them anymore, does he?” asked CNN national security analyst Samantha Vinograd.
“We are not negotiating with Italy or Britain. We are negotiating with the most rogue regime on the planet. It’s not a surprise that there’s going to be ups and downs with the administration. You are relying on an unnamed source that told CNN, X, Y, Z, you are relying on North Korean ministry. Mike Pompeo, who I choose to believe. The former congressman, consecutive of state, he said great progress was made. I choose to believe his version of what happened in North Korea and we will see what happens from here. I am hopeful —
“You don’t find it troubling that he goes to a meeting with Kim Jong-un and he doesn’t show up for the meeting? Doesn’t raise a red flag?” Burnett interrupted.
“It doesn’t trouble me because, he himself, secretary Pompeo said great progress was made, and I take his word before I take an unnamed source or before I take the North Korean foreign ministry’s assessment,” Cortes maintained.
“Steve, he hasn’t given up a single weapon, so the threat is not gone,” Burnett said. “That’s an absurd thing to say. He hasn’t destroyed a single weapon. You’re talking about intent, which is impossible to measure.”
Take a look at the video clip below:
and btw – refusing to listen to the DPRK assessment of the Pyongyang negotiations this weekend is just ridiculous. In business or diplomacy, both sides readouts matter. You say tomato, I say tomato – doesn't fly in a bilateral negotiation @ErinBurnett @OutFrontCNN @CNN pic.twitter.com/jKxczSZhHk
— Sam Vinograd (@sam_vinograd) July 11, 2018