- John Kirby: Presidents have to meet with leaders with whom they have ideological differences all the time
- The question isn't whether they should, but when, how and under what circumstances, writes Kirby
CNN National Security Analyst John Kirby is a retired rear admiral in the US Navy who served as a spokesman for both the State and Defense departments in the Obama administration. The views expressed in this commentary are his own.
(CNN)It's been interesting to watch all the back-and-forth about our relations with dictators. President Donald Trump raised this issue with his comments about his willingness to talk to the leaders of the Philippines and North Korea.