Fred Kaplan says the nixed candidate for ambassador to South Korea was no dove.

Why Did the Trump Administration Jettison an Ambassador to South Korea at the Eleventh Hour?

Why Did the Trump Administration Jettison an Ambassador to South Korea at the Eleventh Hour?

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Jan. 31 2018 9:44 PM

We Still Have No U.S. Ambassador to South Korea

The Trump White House nixed a well-qualified candidate who discouraged a preventive military strike against North Korea.

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South Korean Foreign MinisterKang Kyung-wha and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on Jan. 16.

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Fred Kaplan explains why foreign policy experts are concerned by the Trump administration’s move to renege on its choice of ambassador to South Korea at the last minute. Kaplan writes the War Stories column for Slate. He is the author, most recently, of Dark Territory: The Secret History of Cyber War.

In the Spiel, you know what they say: The president who claps the loudest pleases the crowd best.

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