Media praises Trump after agreeing to meet with Kim Jong Un

BE GOING DOWN AS A GREAT PRECEDENT. THAT THERE IS NO WAY AROUND THAT. THAT IS THE REALITY HERE. MELISSA: RARE AND VERY RELUCTANT PRAISE THERE. THE MEDIA APPLAUDING, AT LEAST MOMENTARILY PRESIDENT TRUMP AFTER THE STUNNING ANNOUNCEMENT FROM SOUTH KOREA THAT THEIR NORTHERN NEIGHBORS ARE AGREEING TO PUT DENUCLEARIZATION ON THE TABLE BUT HOW SOON WILL THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA FLIP THE SCRIPT? HERE TO DISCUSS IS JOE CONCHA, “THE HILL” MEDIA REPORTER. JOE, WHAT’S YOUR TAKE? >> WELL, YOU SAID WE’RE WAITING FOR HIM TO FLIP, MELISSA. MELISSA: RIGHT. >> THEY FLIPPED. YOU WATCHED A LOST MORNING SHOWS THIS MORN — A LOT OF MORNING SHOWS ON CABLE NEWS, THIS NARRATIVE WAS PUSHED. THIS I HOPE YOU’RE SITTING DOWN. THIS IS A LOT TO UNPACK HERE. A CONCLUSION WAS MADE THE PRESIDENT IS TRYING TO DEFLECT AWAY FROM PERSONAL ISSUES IN TERMS OF CHAOS IN THE WHITE HOUSE OR STORMY DANIELS AND DECIDED TO CONTACT THE SOUTH KOREANS, HEY LOOK, I KNOW THESE GUYS TO YOUR NORTH HAVE BEEN YOUR ENEMIES FOR 70 YEARS, YOU’VE BEEN AT WAR WITH THEM, BUT COULD YOU CALL THEM, PARTICULARLY KIM JONG-UN, SEE IF HE IS AVAILABLE TO DO ONE-ON-ONE TALKS WITH THE PRESIDENT WHO HAS TAUNTED YOU OPENLY SINCE HE TOOK OFFICE? AND, THEY’RE SAYING THAT THIS ALL OCCURRED NOW, THAT THE NORTH KOREANS AGREED TO IT, THAT THE SOUTH KOREANS DECIDED IT TO GO AHEAD WIT, A BIG CONSPIRACY THEORY THAT TRUMP IS TRYING TO DEFLECT AWAY FROM HIS OWN CONTROVERSIES.

THIS WAS PUSHED ON CABLE NEWS. UTTERLY REMARKABLE THAT PEOPLE WERE AGREEING WITH IT. MELISSA: CAN YOU IMAGINE IF THE RIGHT CLAIMED THAT HE COULD HAVE THAT MUCH POWER, COULD CAUSE THIS MEETING TO DEFLECT. THEY COULD SAY, HOW CAN YOU SAY YOU WOULD BE THAT POWERFUL? THAT IS HOW RIDICULOUS THIS IS, IF HE WAS POWERFUL ENOUGH TO DO THAT CREATE THE SUMMIT, WOW, BY THEIR OWN ADMISSION THEN HE REALLY IS, YOU KNOW THE MOST AMAZING DEAL-MAKER NEGOTIATOR OF ALL TIME.

THIS IS SOMETHING OTHER PRESIDENTS HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO ARRANGE, RIGHT? >> WELL, WE’RE LOOKING AT PRESIDENT CLINTON, WHO DID ACTUALLY ARRANGE A PEACE DEAL WITH NORTH KOREA. ALL THAT DID WAS LEAD TO THEM CONTINUING TO PURSUE THEIR NUCLEAR PROGRAMS TO THE POINT WHERE WE SEE IT NOW. WE SAW PRESIDENT BUSH USING MEASURED LANGUAGE. WE SAW THE PREVIOUS PRESIDENT OBAMA DO THE SAME THING. THEN, PRESIDENT TRUMP JUST LAST SUMMER TALKS ABOUT HOW NORTH KOREA WILL BE MET WITH THE FIRE AND FURY LIKE IT HAS NEVER SEEN BEFORE. THAT RHETORIC WAS SUPPOSED TO LEAD TO WORLD WAR III. PEOPLE WERE SAYING OH, MY GOODNESS, THE WAY HE IS SPEAKING RIGHT NOW WILL CAUSE REAL PROBLEMS. INSTEAD NOW WE’RE AT MOMENT HERE WHERE YOU HAVE A U.S. PRESIDENT SITTING DOWN WITH THE NORTH KOREAN LEADER FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, WHILE IN OFFICE. THIS IS HISTORIC, TO PAINT IT ANY OTHER WAY TO SHOW THE MEDIA IN ANY SITUATION, NOT ALL, SOME, WE PLAYED SOME CLIPS THAT WERE SHOWING PRAISE — MELISSA: FOR THE MOMENT.

>> THERE IS REFLEX TO THE NEGATIVE NO MATTER HOW POSITIVE THE STORY IS. MELISSA: IN THE MOMENT THEY WERE SO STUNNED THEY HAD TO ACCURATELY REFLECT WHAT WAS GOING ON. WHEN THEY HAD TIME OVERNIGHT TO SIT BACK, I DID MISS MORNING SHOWS ON OTHER CABLE CHANNELS, YOU’RE RIGHT ABOUT THAT. WHEN THEY HAD A CHANCE — >> EVERYBODY HEARD HIT, MELISSA, EVERYBODY HEARD WHAT WAS SAID THIS MORNING WAS DUMBER FOR HAVING HEARD IT. MELISSA: THERE YOU GO. JOY BEHAR CALLING VICE PRESIDENT PENCE, I GUESS, APOLOGIZING FOR THE COMMENTS THAT SHE MADE THAT KIND OF WENT EVERYWHERE, WHAT IS YOUR TAKE ON THAT? WAS SHE PRESSURED BY THE NETWORK, NOT BECAUSE SHE INSULTED MIKE PENCE BUT PERHAPS THE NETWORK REALIZED THERE ARE ACTUALLY PEOPLE OUT IN THE WIDER COUNTRY THAT BELIEVE IN GOD AS OPPOSED I GUESS JOY BEHAR HOW SHE MADE FUN OF VICE PRESIDENT? >> SURE, MELISSA WHAT MY SOURCES, THIS WASN’T ABC, THE NETWORK, THIS WENT TO HIGHER BEING, NOT GOD BUT BOB IGER.

HE WAS UPSET AND GOT A LOT OF BACKLASH AT SHAREHOLDER MEETING IN HOUSTON YESTERDAY. ACTUALLY, THIS IS THE DEFINITION OF THROWING SOMEBODY UNDER THE BUS. YEAH, JOY BEHAR APOLOGIZED TO THE VICE PRESIDENT. I CONFIRMED THAT WITH MY OWN SOURCES AT THE WHITE HOUSE, THAT CONVERSATION DID OCCUR. BUT THE PROBLEM I THINK SOME PEOPLE MAY HAVE WITH THIS APOLOGY IS THAT LOOK, IF YOU’RE GOING TO MAKE THE SLUR IN PUBLIC ON THE VIEW IN FRONT OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE, YOU BETTER MAKE THE APOLOGY IN THE SAME VENUE AS WELL OR IT DOESN’T HAVE AS MUCH IMPACT. I’M NOT QUITE SURE WHY IT WAS KEPT SECRET AND WHY BEHAR IS NOT.

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