MSNBC host says Trump is playing the American public

"The whole thing was a Trumpian head fake": MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace says about North Korea meeting

Published June 16, 2018 5:59AM (EDT)

Nicole Wallace      (MSNBC)
Nicole Wallace (MSNBC)

This article originally appeared on AlterNet.

As cable television covered President Donald Trump's meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in excruciating detail, MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace revealed how Trump has used the summit to manipulate the media and the American people.

"Let's not sugar-coat the fact that we're all doing this because Donald Trump wanted us to. Donald Trump is there because he knew we'd be here," she said, referring to the MSNBC panel that was held to discuss the summit. "This is it. This is all he's got. This is his midterm strategy, this is his get out of sitting down with Bob Mueller strategy."

She continued: "Two sources texted me, I just looked at my phone, on May 25 and May 26, when it was being widely reported that talks were 'off.' Talks were never off! There was a meeting in the DMZ with the North Koreans and the Americans on May 26. The whole thing was a Trumpian head fake! So the idea that we're being played is something that we have to bake into the cake a little bit tonight."

Rachel Maddow agreed: "Both in terms of that it's happening now, but also whatever's going to be announced tonight as if it's just been agreed to in that room."

"And that it's a foreign policy exercise! It is also, in every way imaginable, a political exercise for Donald Trump," she said.

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