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Huckabee: Trump, Putin Will Size Each Other Up Like 'Ali and Frazier'

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By    |   Wednesday, 05 Jul 2017 01:46 PM

The upcoming meeting between Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin are like "two alpha males coming together in a pre-fight press conference," and it's hard to tell what will be coming up, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Wednesday.

"This is Ali and Frazier," he told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" program. "One of the people, that's Donald Trump, tends to be full of hyperbole. He likes to talk. He talks big. If you look at Vladimir Putin's style. He downplays everything. He's accused of getting involved in the American elections by an interview and he laughs it off as if it's nothing."

But both presidents understand much is at stake, said Huckabee, so he doesn't think this Friday's meeting will be "that substantive."

"It will be two guys sizing each other up, waiting for that time when they are in the ring," said Huckabee. "It ought to be epic to watch the body language."

Huckabee said he would not be surprised if Trump brings up the matter of Russian interference in the 2016 election up, if only to alert Putin that the United States is watching him, but Trump will most likely hold off a detailed conversation for when there will be less public scrutiny.

"I don't think this particular meeting is gonna be one that will rival July 4th fireworks, I just don't," said Huckabee. "Both men are going to be sizing each other up, trying to test the other to see just what they're willing to do, what they're willing to say. I think it's a significant meeting. I'm not saying it isn't. It is very significant. But I don't think we're going to see some great resolution, whether it's Syria meddling in the elections, spying. I don't think those are the kind of things that are gonna come forth from this particular encounter."

It is in the best interest of both the United States and Russia to have a healthy relationship, said Huckabee, but "we're kidding ourselves if we think we're going to be chums."

Putin, he said, is a "hardliner" and "not a great guy."

"He's not going to get the Nobel Peace Prize by any stretch of the imagination," said Huckabee. "But there are times when the U.S. and Russian interests hold to be very similar. We're both fighting radical Islam. We have to take on that idea that ISIS and terrorism around the globe is hurtful to both countries. Both have to look at the fact that North Korea is a threat and the more it gets out of control, the bigger threat it becomes. "

Huckabee said he also does not know if the matter of North Korea and its July 4 missile launch will be raised in the meeting, but he's sure it will be raised in diplomatic back channels.

"The U.S. has to be very firm," said Huckabee. "It's North Korea that is the provoking force here. And they're the ones that have to be tamped out. Only the Chinese have the diplomatic, military and political capacity to force Kim Jong-un to start behaving like a grown up instead of an eight-year-old with too many firecrackers. Unfortunately, these are firecrackers that have nuclear potential."

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The upcoming meeting between Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin are like "two alpha males coming together in a pre-fight press conference," and it's hard to tell what will be coming up, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Wednesday.
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