July 10, 2020

Why Trump called out his own Secretary of State on North Korea
The President's outburst risks damaging the credibility of the State Department

When Secretary of State Colin Powell stepped out of the Oval Office after a summit between President George W. Bush and South Korean President Kim Dae-jung in March 2001, he had a humiliating task ahead of him: explaining to reporters that comments he'd made earlier suggesting that talks with North Korea would proceed were wrong.

President Bush had taken a much harder line on North Korea in his meeting with Kim, it turned out.