Trump is lowering expectations and walking back his planned North Korea summit by saying that the meeting may not happen on June 12.
Trump said, “We’re moving along. We’ll see what happens. There are certain conditions we want. If we get those conditions, we don’t have the meeting. Frankly, it’s a chance to be a great, great meeting for North Korea and a great meeting for the world. If it doesn’t happen, maybe it will happen later. Maybe it will happen at a different time. But we will see. But we are talking. The meetings scheduled as you know on June 12th in Singapore. Whether or not it happens, you’ll be knowing pretty soon, but we’re talking right now.”
The regime is playing with Trump. They aren’t going to give their nuclear weapons, but they know that Trump is desperate for something that he can call a win, so they are going to try to wring as much economic aid out of him, as he is dumb enough to give up in exchange for some vague promises about their nuclear program. In other words, Kim Jong-un is playing the same game that his family has been playing with the US since 1985.
Trump is already trying to lower expectations over whether or not the meeting will occur on June 12, because if it doesn’t, it will be the latest failure in a series of total failures that have characterized the Trump presidency. You could hear Trump trying to sell Kim Jong-un on the prosperity and greatness that will follow if he delivers Trump a win. It was the sales pitch of a president who got suckered and now had no leverage in the negotiations.
Trump is walking it back because as usual, he can’t deliver what he promised.
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Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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