Trump has repeatedly undermined his own negotiating position by making clear that he already sees his diplomacy with North Korea as a success
Donald Trump came away from his meeting in Hanoi with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un with at least one thing: material for a new book, The Art of No Deal.
The breakdown in talks in Hanoi reaffirms what we’ve known for almost a year – this process has been diplomatic amateur hour. Trump has repeatedly undermined his own negotiating position by making clear that he already sees his diplomacy with North Korea as a success. After the first summit with Kim in Singapore in 2018 Trump falsely claimed that “there is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea”. Days before the Hanoi summit, Trump said that he didn’t need Kim to make any more concessions – “as long as there’s no testing [of nuclear weapons and missiles], we’re happy”.
It’s sad to see an American president embarrassed by the world’s most ruthless dictator, but that’s what the world just saw in Hanoi
Since it seems difficult for Trump to learn from past mistakes, it is even more important that the next steps not include Trump’s personal diplomacy
Link : The Hanoi summit collapse reaffirms Trump’s amateur hour in diplomacy | Michael H Fuchs