Well, the much hyped summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un is over. The result?
Once again we see what happens when an amateur (Trump) faces a potential enemy. Said enemy, Kim, charmed Trump into saying terminally stupid things. Gratuitous things.
A brutal dictator, who even kills relatives when they get annoying,
is, according to Trump, “somebody that has a great feeling” for the people of North Korea. Right. Hate to see Kim when he doesn’t have that great feeling. Here’s a pro tip: never say gratuitously nice (or nasty) things which don’t forward your agenda.
Worse, Trump, the so-called master negotiator, got taken to the cleaners by Kim. In exchange for elevating Kim on the world stage and, verbally at least, agreeing to a long-demanded suspension of joint US-ROK military exercises, Trump got what, exactly? Some magic beans? Might as well have been, as Kim delivered nothing of substance, nothing focused on the ostensible purpose of the summit – to eliminate North Korea’s nuclear weapons or at least agree to a road map of how to get there.
Trump’s real problem is that he can not deal with anyone who is remotely critical. Regardless if they happen to be the prime minister of a close ally. But he’ll attempt to appease tyrants such as Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping. Add Kim to that list.