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President Donald Trump is clearly eager to achieve a major deal in negotiations with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, but a top GOP senator is warning that his eagerness may give Kim the upper hand. If Trump is too quick to deal, the United States could end up giving away the store.

“If you fall in love with a deal, and it’s too important for you to get it, and the details become less significant, you could get snookered,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Friday.

Trump later announced that the summit with Kim scheduled for June 12 in Singapore is back on after he had canceled the meeting last week.

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McConnell is not the first to warn that Trump may agree too quickly to a deal with North Korea and that the United States and others may find themselves much worse off because of it.

In his statement about the meeting, though, Trump signaled that he’s willing to take his time with the negotiations, suggesting he views the summit as the beginning of a much longer process, rather than a quick win. This may give Trump and his advisers more time to work out the crucial details of the plan without giving too much away.

“We are going to start a process,” Trump said. “And I told them today: take your time. We can go fast, we can go slowly.”

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Cody Fenwick is a reporter and editor. Follow him on Twitter @codytfenwick.

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