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Former Michigan Republican congressman Mike Rogers said Wednesday that President Donald Trump "gave up too much" when he met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a historic summit this week.

Speaking to an audience of 230 people at a Detroit Economic Club luncheon at Ford Field, Rogers said while it was a "big deal" to get North Korea to agree to work toward denuclearization, the United States gave up much more.

"Trump gave up too much up front in giving up (joint U.S.-South Korea) military exercises," said Rogers, a former FBI agent and now a cyber security expert.  "He adopted their language ... too fast."

During a question-and-answer session with Nolan Finley, editorial page editor of The Detroit News, Rogers also discussed topics including cyber security and Russia's alleged interference in U.S. elections.

Rogers said there are concerns about how safe cyberspace is for American corporations as well as everyday citizens. He named Russia, China, North Korea and Iran as the "big bad actors" who are threatening cyber safety in the U.S.

Rogers said there were Iranian cyber attacks on some U.S. banks in 2012 and the theft of 40 million health care records in the country from a source in China.

"This is a trend we're seeing," said Rogers. "It is not slowing down."

Rogers said there is a need for a national policy on cyber security.  He said the technology behind autonomous vehicles presents a "(cyber) security challenge."

"We are a long way from the security portion of it," he said. 

Asked if Russia interfered in recent U.S. elections, Rogers said Russia "certainly tried to" meddle.

"They never changed the vote," he said, adding that Russia wants to see internal conflict in the U.S.

Asked why Trump "is carrying Russia's water" and wants to welcome Russia back into the G-7 group of industrialized democracy, Rogers said the president is being a "bit naive" in his approach to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"I do think (Trump) has this odd admiration for Putin," Rogers said.

Rogers hosts and is the executive producer of "Declassified: Untold Stories of American Spies," which airs on CNN.

Rogers, who chaired the House Committee on Intelligence, said Wednesday he would not rule out returning to politics. He sits on the board of IronNet Cybersecurity. 

Rogers served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 14 years, representing Michigan's 8th Congressional District, until retiring in 2015.

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