Trump was surprised at the sweeping, speedy chorus of boos. “Diplotainment” had worked so well in Singapore. The script was to approach the event in a nonchalant fashion, hype the significance, then stage the handshake, the secret meeting, the press conference and rush to the airport to bask in the reviews. Unfortunately, after a few weeks, it became clear nothing significant will happen, without much arduous negotiation in a multitude of meetings, the end point and result undetermined.
|President Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korea leader
Kim Jong-un at summit in Singapore, June 12, 2018 | Evan Vucci/AP
The next Russian summit, which was just wisely cancelled, was launched in the same pattern – no preparation and no coordination within the U.S. government. The difference between Kim Jong-un and Vladimir Putin is that Putin, wily tactician, is working every day to weaken and divide the democratic West. What the West needs is a negotiator who is worried less about reviews and more about the results.
|President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin hold press conference
after their one-on-one meeting in Helsinki, Finland, July 16, 2018 | Photo RanttMedia
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