The Trump-Kim summit: What to expect? And what deal could be made?

Mar 9, 2018


This combination of file photos created on March 9, 2018 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un during the 5th Conference of the Workers’ Party of Korea Cell Chairpersons in this photo from North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) taken on December 23, 2017 and released on December 24, 2017 (L) and US President Donald Trump speaking to the press in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC on February 9, 2018.; Credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images


Ho hum, just another day at the White House, with word coming last night that President Trump will meet with North Korean President Kim Jong Un.

Seems no one in DC’s getting hopes too high for a breakthrough, but the meeting itself will be historic. AirTalk looks at the upcoming summit from multiple perspectives.


Abe Denmark, Asia Program Director at the Wilson Center in D.C.; former deputy assistant secretary of Defense for East Asia (2015-2017)

Sung Yoon Lee, an expert on the Koreas and  a professor in Korean Studies at The Fletcher School at Tufts University in Massachusetts

Ronald Neumann, American diplomat who served as the United States Ambassador to Afghanistan (2005–2007), Bahrain (2001–2004) and Algeria (1994–1997), president of the American Academy of Diplomacy, an organization of former senior diplomats that aim to strengthen American diplomacy

Thomas R. Pickering, former U.S. Diplomat for over 40 years; he has served as ambassador to the the United Nations, Russia, India, Israel and Jordan; Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs in second Clinton administration

General James ‘Spider’ Marks, expert in national security, military and intelligence; he is a retired Major General with over 30 years in the U.S. Army

John Haynes, historian whose areas of expertise include communism and the Cold War and coauthor of the book, “Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America” (Yale University Press, 2009); he worked as a specialist in 20th-century political history in the Manuscript Division of the Library of Congress

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