While the supporters of US President Donald Trump were ecstatic over his 'success' in taming North Korea from giving up its nuclear ambitions, former acting director of the Central Intelligence Agency John McLaughlin suspected that the Kim Jong-un regime succeeded in fooling the American president with its pro-peace gestures.
According to the 75-year-old former CIA man who had a career spanning over 30 years in the premier agency, the president's ego and gullibility made things worrisome when it comes to dealing with North Korea.
McLaughlin said while Trump tweeted about the "big progress" being made in the North Korea crisis and welcomed "good news" from the Korean Peninsula after the Kim regime announced its decision to suspend nuclear testing and shutting down the nuclear site, the fact is that Pyongyang had already stopped the nuclear tests and that's perhaps it didn't need it anymore.
Laughlin felt that North Korea was studying Trump carefully and they have already understood that the man loves to claim credit for "success".
"And they've already given him one thing that is potentially positive," Shareblue Media quoted him as saying. He also said that Kim has given Trump something he can "crow about" and called it a "successful manipulation of the president".
Trump himself also tweeted recently that the task on North Korea was far from over even as Kim announced his plan to give up nuclear ambitions.
McLaughlin has criticised Trump in the past as well. In November 2017, he said Russian President Vladimir Putin was "outsmarting" Trump while expressing his opinion on Trump's handling of Russia in an editorial in Politico.