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Although he describes himself as a 'strong supporter' of President Trump,  Senator David Perdue (R-Ga) joined Democrats and more than a few other Republicans expressing concern about the decision to inform the North Korean leader that what Mr Trump called U.S.-South Korean military "war games" will be suspended.

Perdue, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, spoke to reporters the day after the summit in Singapore at a breakfast meeting of the Defense Writers Group.

“I was surprised, frankly, because the president had said earlier that that was not necessarily going to be part of the first meeting," he said.

“The coordination with the South Korean military is absolutely critical."

That said, Perdue praised the President's initiative in holding the summit with Kim Jong Un, saying is he "very hopeful" an agreement to 'denuclearize' the Korean peninsula can be reached, though "this is going to be a long pull".

The Senator did not criticize Mr Trump's attack on the Canadian Prime Minister following the G-7 meeting, but he did say that "our number one asset is our ally base".

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The head of U.S. Southern Command says what keeps him up at night are transnational threat networks operating in South America and the Caribbean, and the increasing efforts of Russia, China and Iran to compete for influence in the region.
Drug smuggling is a front burner issue for Admiral Kurt Tidd, Commander of Southcomm, and a number of terrorist groups operate in the region, including raising funds through smuggling and other crime for their activities elsewhere.
Southcom must also respond to natural emergencies, like the volcano eruption in Guatemala, from which six badly burned children were airlifted recently by the U.S. military to a hospital in Texas.
Then there are the effects of an incompetant and imploding regime in Venezuela: hunger and despair.  Admiral Kurt Tidd says at least a million Venezuelans are now refugees in neighboring Colombia alone.
The good news is that many friendly nations in the region are more militarily capable than many in this country realize and are ready and able to support mutual goals. In particular, the Admiral told reporters at a Defense Writers Group breakfast that Colombia, Brazil, Uruguay and Chile have strong military assets and good training.
Russia is aggressively seeking military hardware sales in Latin America, Tidd says, and a number of traditional allies of the U.S. are interested because the equipment is offered at low prices. The Russians have had success recently selling additional tanks to Nicaragua and fighter aircraft to Venezuela.
"That is high performance jet aircraft for a country that cannot feed its people or provide decent medical care", said Tidd of the Venezuelan purchase.
"You have to wonder".

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