Donald Trump had to publicly beg for a meeting with Kim Jong-un and to become the first sitting US president to go to North Korea, in order to get a promise of re-starting working-level talks.
This is what substitutes for progress in Trump’s reality TV diplomacy. If progress comes of this, then the ridiculous pageantry will be forgotten. But Trump’s fawning over Kim has already squandered leverage and humiliated America.
The above excerpt was originally published in The Guardian.
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