WASHINGTON – U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is scheduled to meet on Wednesday with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, the Washington Post reported on Monday, citing three people close to Trump. The meeting in New York comes after weeks of telephone conversations between Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee, and Kissinger, who was a top adviser to presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, the Post said. Last week, Trump met with former Secretary of State James Baker, who told a congressional hearing on the same day as the meeting that Trump's foreign policy proposals would make the world a less stable place. Trump has been criticized for suggesting the United States should rethink the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and that Japan and South Korea should consider getting nuclear weapons to defend themselves.
The late chef and television host Anthony Bourdain traveled extensively in Southeast Asia, including in Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos, where his shows repeatedly highlighted the legacy of the Vietnam War. In particular, Bourdain frequently trained his ire on former Secretary of State/Nobel Peace Prize winner/secret bombing of Cambodia facilitator/accused war criminal Henry Kissinger. Bourdain had the following to say about Kissinger in his 2001 book, A Cook's Tour: " Once you've been to Cambodia, you'll never stop wanting to beat Henry Kissinger to death with your bare hands. You will never again be able to open a newspaper and read about that treacherous, prevaricating, murderous scumbag sitting down for a nice chat with Charlie Rose or attending some black-tie affair for a new glossy magazine without choking. Witness what Henry did in Cambodia – the fruits of his genius for statesmanship – and you will never understand why he's not sitting in the dock at The Hague next to Milošević."
"The more countries that acquire nuclear weapons, the more instability there is going to be in the world," Baker said in response to questions by former candidate Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. Trump has suggested he is open to more nations having nuclear weapons. Kissinger has previously been critical of Trump as well, particularly his proposal to temporarily bar Muslims from entering the United States. "I don't think we can build a wall that excludes everybody," Kissinger said in December. "I do not favor an exclusion based on religion."