President Trump's revocation of a former CIA director's security clearance raises fundamental questions about political coercion and presidential powers. Ian Masters discusses with Kent Harrington what they mean for an embattled presidency and the country and looks at the risks ahead.
An assessment of Trump’s just-concluded state visit to Japan which prioritized pomp over policy where at the closing press conference, in one breath Trump undercut his National Security Advisor and Japan’s Prime Minister Abe by suggesting North Korea’s recent short-range missile tests were not a big deal and did not violate U.N. sanctions, which they did. Apparently, Trump is only concerned about North Korea’s long-range missiles which could reach the U.S., but for Japan, Kim Jong-un’s nuclear-tipped short-range missiles are a big deal. Kent Harrington, a former senior CIA analyst who was National Intelligence Officer for East Asia, joins us to discuss his article at Project Syndicate “Kim Jong-un’s Moneyball Strategy” and Trump’s Japan trip.”
Discussing the most alarming aspect of the intelligence community chief’s testimony that Russia and China are working closer together against the United States as Trump alienates our allies. Also addressing Trump lashing out at the intelligence chiefs calling them passive and naive tweeting they should go back to school - Kent Harrington gauges the reaction of the intelligence community.
Ian Masters, host of “Background Briefing,” KPFK-FM, Los Angeles, interviews Kent Harrington on President Trump's upcoming meeting with North Korea's Kim Chong Un. is it Reality TV or real diplomacy?
Kent Michael Harrington
Analyst, Journalist, Author and National Security Affairs Expert