Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright Tuesday called "kind of strange" President Donald Trump's comments that he would be "honored" to meet with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un to discuss the country's nuclear ambitions under the right circumstances.
"We have to be very clear about the fact that they cannot be a nuclear power, which is why I think it's kind of strange that President Trump would say that it would be an honor to meet Kim Jong-un," Albright, 79, who served in the Bill Clinton White House, told Jake Tapper on CNN. "I think it is a problem.
"Part of the issue that troubles me is that President Trump seems to believe that he can have just one-on-one relationships," she explained. "Maybe that's possible when you're in business, but it is not something that's good when you're president of the United States."
In 2000, Albright met with Kim's father, Kim Jong Il in an official state visit, becoming one of the highest Western diplomats to meet with the Communist leader.
"You need to have a diplomatic corps that is able to carry on the discussions," she said. "You're actually dealing government to government.
"This is not matter of charming somebody by saying that you're honored and that he's a smart cookie.
"That is not the way that I see the president of the United States properly representing our country."
Albright added that Trump's telephone conversation Tuesday with Russian President Vladimir Putin was "fine" because "it's important to have a functional relationship with the Russians to tell them what is acceptable and what isn't.
"I think the phone calls are fine.
"I hope that, in fact, they are very honest in terms of how we get to some kind of political settlement and how the Russians are generally behaving and interfering in elections — not only in the United States, but also with what they have been doing in Europe."
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