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What To Expect
"I never like to make predictions, especially about the future". - Yogi Berra
By Ray Cunneff
June 11, 2018
We're now less than two hours until the much-hyped "nuclear summit" between North Korea's Kim Jong Un and American president Donald Trump.
Only hours after he blew up the G-7 meeting with our closest allies in Quebec, particularly infuriating the delegation from Canada, our biggest trading partner, Donald Trump was en route to Singapore to bring his "wrecking ball" brand of diplomacy to the razor's edge nuclear showdown in Korea.
And with Trump's appetite for drama and pageantry, he casts himself as the star of his own ultimate reality TV extravaganza, with the fate of millions in the balance. So what should we expect?
In many respects, the Trupistas have already telegraphed exactly what the script they intend to write will say.
The White House this morning released a statement that discussions between the U.S. and North Korea “have moved more quickly than expected” while teasing the dramatic possibilities of a second-day meeting between Trump and Kim. But several career diplomats quickly pointed out the significant difference between "quickly" and "better" than expected.
So at the risk of making predictions, and based upon Trump's well-worn patterns and predilections, we can expect that no matter what happens in this meeting, Donald Trump will proclaim a "tremendous" victory and shortly thereafter retire from the field, leaving it to others to sort out the details - or clean up the mess.
It's not at all clear how well or badly this might go, but there's absolutely no doubt that the trumpoganda machine will declare it a triumph, throw around words like "historic", or "monumental", and be talking up the Nobel Peace Prize before Air Force One touches down at Andrews.
What is less unclear is that Trump will look for symbolism over substance, magazine cover photo ops, and try to strike some sort of vague and hurried deal with Kim, something he can falsely label a "peace treaty" and a road map to denuclearization while achieving neither.
(Remember: Trump's entourage does not include any nuclear scientists and that he is the first U.S. president since World War II not to have appointed a science adviser.)
As for the substance of an agreement that could spring from this meeting, we should pay special attention to the reactions of our allies Japan and South Korea.
No doubt they have witnessed Trump's boorish behavior toward other U.S. allies at the G-7 with alarm.