In less than a week, the issue that has lurked behind President Trump's drive to talk to North Korea -- his desire to reduce U.S. troop levels at overseas bases -- has gone from inside baseball to front page headlines in the U.S. and South Korea. NBC got the scoop about John Kelly's pre-Olympic discussions… Continue reading The troop issue is officially in the public discussion. Now the question becomes: Will Trump’s put-it-all-out-there manner force the Koreas to admit their game?
As I pointed out yesterday, much of the public and media chatter around prospect of a U.S.-North Korea summit has now shifted to how Trump and Kim are framing the core issue -- denuclearization -- in different ways. But in the past week or so, there has also been a flurry of other commentary from… Continue reading The commentary on the summit prospect has picked up. Here’s a catch-up.
No doubt there's lots of work happening behind the scenes at the White House and around Washington to craft goals and a strategy for a summit between Trump and Kim next month. But little of that is likely to emerge publicly until Bolton gets into office as National Security Adviser next week. If this were… Continue reading The White House appears to be marking time, but everyone else is laying down markers.
Opinions that moved the ball in the first days after the Trump-Kim summit was announced.