Heritage’s recommendations on North Korea’s announcement

In response to Thursday’s announcement by North Korea inviting President Trump to meet, Heritage experts swarmed the media channels to weigh in.

They recommend President Trump doing the following six things:

  1. Fill key policymaker vacancies
  2. Put together a clear agenda for the meeting that North Korea agrees to
  3. Do not budge on sanctions
  4. Move forward with planned military exercises with South Korea
  5. Propose measures that would increase transparency from North Korea
  6. Demand North Korea prove its commitment to the new plan

Here are their appearances in the media:


Bruce Klingner, Fox Business, “Mornings With Maria”

Bruce Klingner, Associated Press TV, “Analysis: US-North Korea Talks ‘High-Risk Poker’”

Bruce Klingner, CNN, “Wolf”

Bruce Klingner, MSNBC, “MSNBC Live With Katy Tur”

Bruce Klingner, BBC, “World News America with Katty Kay”

Bruce Klingner, Fox Business, “Making Money”

Jim Carafano, Fox News, “Fox and Friends First”

Jim Carafano, Fox Business, “FBN: AM”

Olivia Enos, i24 News, “The Rundown”

Olivia Enos, EWTN, “News Nightly”


Bruce Klingner, The Washington Post, “Trump’s North Korea gambit blindsides U.S. diplomats”

Bruce Klingner, Associated Press, “Summit plan too easy on North Korea? US rejects criticism”

Bruce Klingner, The Hill, “Trump rolls the dice on North Korea”

Bruce Klingner, CNN, “How South Korea triggered Trump’s flip from ‘fire and fury’ to ‘call me maybe’”

Bruce Klingner, The Daily Mail (UK), “Trump says that reaching a deal to arrange a summit with North Korea will ‘be a very good thing for the world’ if successful but noted that a ‘time and place’ still need to be determined”

Bruce Klingner, Voice of America, “US Military, Intel Officials Cautious About N. Korean Overtures”

Bruce Klingner, The New Yorker, “Trump Accepts North Korea’s Audacious Invitation—But Then What?”

Bruce Klingner, Vox, “Great opportunity or trap? 12 experts weigh in on the Trump-Kim summit.”

Jim Carafano, The New York Times, “Trump’s Meeting With Kim Jong-un Is Another Pledge to Do What Nobody Else Can”

Jim Carafano, Politico, “Trump meeting with Kim could signal major thaw in nuclear standoff”


Bruce Klingner, BBC Radio

Bruce Klingner, “The Thuy Lowe Show”

Jim Carafano, “The Nolan Finley Show”

Jim Carafano, “Allman in the Morning”

Peter Brookes, “The Jim Vicevich Show”

Peter Brookes, “The Marc Cox Show”

Peter Brookes, “The Guy Gordon Show”

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Giving you a voice in the media

Heritage experts filled the media channels again this week educating the public on conservative solutions to the nation’s most pressing problems. From issues of national security and North Korea to confronting culture wars to free trade and the new da

Watch and read the highlights below:

Bruce Klingner Talks North Korea News With PBS NewsHour:

Ryan Anderson Talks “When Harry Became Sally” With Fox News:

Nile Gardiner Analyzes the Trump Tariffs With Fox Business

Bruce Klingner Talks North Korea’s “Charm Offensive” on CNN

And here are some of the top print pieces that quoted Heritage experts:

Why Trump’s new North Korea sanctions matter >>

The administration’s focus on shipping and trading companies is a proper response to recent evidence of North Korean ships transferring goods at sea in order to evade detection,” Bruce Klingner, a North Korea expert at the conservative Heritage Foundation, wrote on Friday.

“But the strategy seems misplaced, since it is a reactive game of maritime whack-a-mole rather than actively targeting the more readily identifiable financial backers. Trump must turn up the heat on Beijing by going after complicit Chinese banks.

Election Security: What can Governments do now? >>

To understand other conservative positions on elections, The Heritage Foundation offers this website on election integrity, which highlights why dissolving the election fraud commission was a true loss for the nation.

New defensive missile is ‘like hitting a bullet with a bullet’ >>

It’s a very advanced technology, very complicated rocket science. It’s like hitting a bullet with a bullet,” said Michaela Dodge, a missile defense specialist for the Heritage Foundation. “But we can do it and it’s great news for us.

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Former Heritage Action VP joins Trump Administration

Russ Vought, former Heritage Action Vice President, was just confirmed by the Senate to serve as Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget.

In an email to members, Heritage Action’s CEO stated:

Today, I would like to congratulate former Heritage Action Vice President of Grassroots, Russ Vought, on his confirmation to become the new Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

Russ is one of the most talented, principled, and compassionate conservative leaders I know in Washington.

He and I have worked together since Heritage Action’s inception in 2010. In his role at Heritage Action, he oversaw the building and management of our leading grassroots activist army that keeps Congress accountable to the American people. That army has grown to nearly 20,000 today and we are extremely thankful for Russ’s leadership in that endeavor.

The Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget plays a critical role in the federal budget process and in overseeing the performance of federal agencies. Russ is a courageous leader for conservatism and I look forward to seeing his impact in this role in President Trump’s administration.

You may remember from my email last summer, that Russ’ confirmation was held up because of attacks by Senator Bernie Sanders for his religious faith. It has been a long journey and I know Russ will make all of us at Heritage Action proud.

Please join me in thanking him for the strong stance he is taking for the conservative principles that you and I believe in.


Michael A. Needham

Please join us in congratulating Vought on his confirmation.