Kenny Rogers gave some good advice in his hit song, “The Gambler”. President Donald Trump risked reputation and political slams from Democrats by meeting with Kim Jong Un, premier of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. If he got a good deal, he would be a hero. It would be Nobel Prize time for the New York real estate developer. It didn’t happen that way.
Trump went to the negotiating table and wound up walking away. You would think that he would have tried to retreat into the background and wait for this to blow-over, but that’s not his style. The President faced the world in a live press conference almost immediately after the failed negotiations, and answered questions for most of an hour without hesitation, and assisted by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Donald Trump is an unusual president in that in solving problems he likes to engage with the primary parties. That’s how he made his fortunes, and that’s how he is governing. To him, personal trust is part of the foundation of making a good deal. Knowing and understanding the person on the other side of a situation is all important. That’s Trump, and he places great value on relationships.
We need to place these negotiations into a different perspective. This is not a normal diplomatic situation. For decades those efforts failed miserably. Kim wanted to be on the world stage, and he rattled his nuclear missiles for years to make that dream come true . Now, it is Trump’s job to make the little tyrant give up his nukes, or suffer deathly consequences.
Are we on the brink of a nuclear war? Not necessarily, but we need to make Kim think we are. To do that Trump has to talk tough, and get really mean on economic sanctions. Trump is no cream-puff like Obama.