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 climactic letdown happened when President Trump met reporters after his Oval Office visit with Kim Yong Chol on Friday. There, he said the June 12 summit was back on and that it would be the start of a process, rather than something that produces a bargain that changes North Korea's nuclear program and life… Continue reading The Korea Shock ended June 1. The Trump-Kim summit will be an anticlimax.
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
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.