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Kim Jong Un just got one of the most coveted invitations for any foreign leader — a White House visit. If the Singapore Summit delivers results and continues to serve President Trump politically, that door will stay open and the invitation will remain valid. That would make Kim the latest in a string of despots and dictators who over the years get to pose for an Oval Office grip and grin.
As President Trump touts the historic nature of his meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, calling it the start of a "terrific relationship," lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are sounding more cautious notes.
Amb. Michael McFaul would be quick to point out that this may not be as big a "wow" as it may seem at first blush, considering his role as a long-tenured senior fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University.
Republicans who spent eight years critical of then President Barack Obama’s so-called appeasement policy strained on Tuesday to find the diamond in the rough in President’s Trump’s initial agreement with dictator Kim Jong Un to ease tensions with North Korea.