Samantha Vinograd: "Paranoid" Trump Is An "Open Book For Psy-Ops" From North Korea

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CNN analyst Samantha Vinograd makes the case that President Trump is vulnerable to flattery and other "psy-ops" from North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un as denuclearization negotiations continue.

"If you're Kim Jong-un's team and you're prepping him for this one on one, you're going to tell him to flatter the president, to use a lot of superlatives to talk about how this is the biggest moment and a historic moment, to talk about internal dissent in the United States. It's clear that the president is deeply focused on that," she said. "And he and Kim share this paranoia about deep states in both of their countries."

"I think that President Trump is an open book when it comes to what we call an intelligence psy-ops or psychological operations."





CNN, WOLF BLITZER: Samantha, his self-confidence clearly has not changed either.

SAMANTHA VINOGRAD, CNN NATIONAL SECURITY ANALYST: Exactly. But that's exactly what I think that Kim is going to play off of, Wolf. I think that President Trump is an open book when it comes to what we call an intelligence psy-ops or psychological operations. It's a tool. And if you're Kim Jong-un's team and you're prepping him for this one on one, you're going to tell him to flatter the president, to use a lot of superlatives to talk about how this is the biggest moment and a historic moment, to talk about internal dissent in the United States. It's clear that the president is deeply focused on that. And he and Kim share this paranoia about deep states in both of their countries.

So I think this all plays into the fact that Kim has the upper hand in this meeting, because the president is such an open book. And it makes him very easily manipulated.

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