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Trump is draining White House of science

President Donald Trump arrives for the G7 official welcome at Le Manoir Richelieu. Photo: Leon Neal/Getty Images

As President Trump defends his means of preparedness for the historic summit with North Korea, the New York Times points out that he is doing so absent of a science adviser to the White House, or a senior counselor trained in nuclear physics.

Why it matters: The veteran negotiator is sticking to his trademark of running matters his own way as the Times details that he is "the first president since 1941 not to name a science adviser." And former nuclear negotiators caution that the lack of an adviser with such experience in the field "could put him at a tactical disadvantage in one of the weightiest diplomatic matters of his presidency."