Despite some criticism then-CIA Director Mike Pompeo secretly met with North Korea's Kim Jong Un, former Homeland Security Secretary and ex-Gov. Tom Ridge, R-Pa., says "I tip my hat" to sending a top U.S. intelligence official to the meeting to lay the groundwork for an eventual summit with President Donald Trump.
"If anything else, [Kim] knew 'the man seating across from me, because of America's intelligence capability . . . he knows more about me and my country and what I'm doing than anybody else in the United States government,'" Ridge told John Catsimatidis on "The Cats Roundtable" on 970 AM-N.Y.
Despite the progress, including this week's declaration of the end of the decades-long Korean War, Ridge said denuclearization talks with North Korea are still in their infancy.
"That is a remarkable development," Ridge said of the picture of Kim and South Korean President Moon Jae-in shaking hands in the Demilitarized Zone. "I don't think it's time for celebration. I don't think it's reason to have a balloon drop and say, 'our worries are over.'"
Even President Trump's eventual meeting with Kim is not a sure-fire path to denuclearization, Ridge told host John Catsimatidis.
"Expectations for that should not be terribly high, because it's going to be a long and complex process," Ridge said.
". . . The expression, John, you got to crawl before you walk, walk before you run, run before you compete, and it's a long while before you get an Olympic gold medal."
Ridge did praise President Trump for working toward diplomacy vs. tough talk between the leaders on Twitter.
"Tweeting back and forth hasn't really done anything to improve the situation, but face to face talks might," Ridge told Catsimatidis.
© 2021 Newsmax. All rights reserved.