CNN's Erin Burnett: Trump Solving North Korea Problem Means "Going Down As A Great President"


On Thursday night, CNN host Erin Burnett, speaking about President Trump's impending meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, said Trump would go down "as a great president" if he could solve the North Korea problem.

ERIN BURNETT, CNN HOST: General Marks, let me ask you about one other thing that was said here. Often, you know, you get these texts and this anger from North Korea when the standard joint exercises, the standard joint exercises between the U.S. and South Korea happen. You know, we have all been in South Korea around when this happened.

This was very explicit tonight. The South Korean envoy saying that Kim Jong-un accepts that the joint exercises between the U.S. and South Korea must continue.

How significant is that? Kim Jong-un was willing to put that on the table. Is that something or not?

JAMES "SPIDER" MARKS, CNN MILITARY ANALYST: It is something. It's huge, quite frankly. I would think Kim would run the risk of being viewed as irrelevant and in fact not being taken seriously if he were not to acknowledge that the coalition, the South Korean-U.S. coalition, military coalition on the peninsula is one of the best in the world, and has been there for 70 years. He has to acknowledge that that's not going away, and that their rhythm of exercises and joint connections and that command is going to continue to exist in some capacity.

The fact that he acknowledged that makes us realize there might be something real here. But again, we have to be -- a large dose of skepticism has to be taken with all of this.

BURNETT: All right. Well, thanks very much to all of you. Just an extraordinarily evening and of course owning the door to the big question, if President Trump can truly solve this problem, that would be going down as a great President, and there's no way around that. That is the reality here.

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