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Friday, May 25, 2018
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WASHINGTON WEEK, PBS' longest-running public affairs series, features Washington's top journalists analyzing the week's top news stories and their effect on the lives of all Americans.
Topics for May 25 (Repeats Sunday, May 27):
A massive snag in the pursuit of peace on the Korean Peninsula. Plus, the Justice Department and intelligence officials push-back at President Donald Trump's claims that the FBI may have “spied” on his 2016 campaign.
In a letter addressed directly to North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, President Trump has called off the planned June 12th summit. The letter was written in response to the “tremendous anger and open hostility” contained in a North Korean statement that included reference to a “nuclear-to-nuclear showdown."
The president went on to remind the North Korean leader of the United States’ ‘massive and powerful’ nuclear arsenal. The cancellation of the talks comes on the same day North Korea claims to have destroyed its nuclear weapons testing facility.
While the President left the door open for a future meeting with Kim, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that additional sanctions could be put in place against North Korea.
Meanwhile, Justice Department intelligence officials held classified briefings with key lawmakers about President Trump's unsubstantiated charges that the FBI "spied" on his 2016 presidential campaign.
Though representatives of the White House were not expected to attend, Chief of Staff John Kelly and White House Attorney Emmet Flood Flood did attend the start of the briefings to relay the president's desire for as much openness as possible under the law.
Robert Costa discusses the prospects for a denuclearized North Korea and the status of the Russia probe with:
- Andrea Mitchell of NBC News
- Karoun Demirjian of The Washington Post
- Mark Landler of the New York Times, and
- Anita Kumar of McClatchy Newspaper
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