If there's not going to be a major change in life in North Korea, if this whole thing is just because Trump, Kim and Moon need it to happen for their own political standing, it's hard to get excited about the summit happening later today U.S. time in Singapore. If, as it now seems, we'll… Continue reading Only a few people covered the losers in the run-up to the summit
The Koreas got the full-on treatment from President Donald Trump's reality TV show approach to leadership and diplomacy this past week. Hundreds, maybe thousands, of articles have emerged since Trump's decision last Thursday to cancel the June 12th summit with Kim Jong Un, which he almost as quickly began trying to resurrect. Beyond the tick-tock… Continue reading Reposted from May 30: Putting aside the tweet by tweet drama, here are the articles that showed the ball moving:
All the media walk-ups, curtain-raising commentary, tweets, posturing by North Korea and President Trump sure made it seem like Trump's meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Tuesday was going to be pivotal. After it happened, the air seemed to come out of the whole thing. A day later, it's unknown what happened in… Continue reading That was sure a lot of buildup for the Trump-Moon meeting, and then not much got said after it
My guess back in late March when President Trump made the off-the-wall-ish comments tying progress in the renegotiation of the U.S.-South Korea free trade agreement and talks with North Korea was that he realized that he and South Korean President Moon Jae-in were not aligned in their goals for dealing with Pyongyang. Plenty of people… Continue reading Tuesday is the turning point. I thought Trump could see through Moon but it’s clear now that he didn’t…
Watching Twitter on Tuesday afternoon and evening U.S. time was definitely the most fun since the Korea Shock on March 8. For the first time since then, North Korea took control of the story. Until now, almost everything we've heard about from North Korea has been through the filter of someone else. South Korean officials,… Continue reading North Korea grabs the narrative for the first time, but it has always had the cards
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?
After staging his summit with Kim Jong Un, South Korean President Moon Jae-in hustled to make sure that Donald Trump sticks with the program. With Trump so mercurial, the battle is on between doves and hawks to persuade him what he should ask of Kim and be willing to pay to Kim. The South Korean… Continue reading Now it’s a fight for Trump’s mind, and he appears ready to yank U.S. troops so he can collect a Nobel.