President Trump says he would be willing to meet with Korea’s third-generation dictator, but U.S. Sen. Cory Gardner not so subtly reminded the president that there are a lot of conditions that must be met before that ever happens.

“I think most people agree that Kim Jong Un is a whack job,” Gardner told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”
“This is a crazed maniac at the helm of one of the world’s nuclear regimes, trying to become a nuclear regime,” Gardner said.

As long as the nuclear missile program continues, any meeting with Kim Jong Un would be a “bad idea,” Gardner said.

“This is a rogue regime, a madman in Pyongyang. It would be unacceptable to meet with him under those conditions.”
“It’s a very serious situation. It’s why we need a strong show of force. Why we need to push China to stand up and do more. That’s why we continue to build our alliance with Japan and South Korea.”

We understand that Trump wants to color outside the lines of typical Washington diplomacy, but we agree that he spoke too soon when it comes to attempting a civil conversation with the madman of Pyongyang.