After the Singapore Summit, there are varying opinions as to its success. Obviously, those who have previously held President Trump in high regard think that the meeting was monumental, and those that have nothing but disdain for Trump feel that it was a waste of time as there are no details of any deal that have been forthcoming. Grudgingly, they have to admit that we are in a better position without having North Korea launch missiles, but say that Trump made a huge concession by cancelling joint military and naval exercises with South Korea. In response though, that particular issue it is not a really a hard concession, because if denuclearization does not proceed, Trump always has the ability to reinitiate war games with South Korea; so essentially Trump gave up nothing. But the real question is, when you read news articles about, and see the video that was prepared especially for Kim Jong-un, in which there are pictures of a beachfront resort that North Korea could have, and/or the video of Trump showing Kim Jong-un his limousine, “The Beast”, one has to wonder who is the baby.
On the one hand, one could say that Trump is acting in an infantile manner by going to a nuclear summit and showing the same type of video he might show if he was not the President and promoting the development of a beachfront resort and/or someone showing off his car. One would then conclude that President Trump was acting in an infantile manner.
On the other hand, one might say that President Trump is trying to develop a bond with a 30 something-year-old person who has never worked a day in his life and controls a nuclear arsenal. In fact, there are news reports that Kim Jong-un insisted that he needed the Presidential Suite of a particular hotel in Singapore but could not pay for it and was looking for someone to foot the bill as a condition of the Summit. China had to provide the jet for Kim Jong-un’s transportation. Under these circumstances it is possible that the very smart way to engage and develop rapport with Kim Jong-un would be to show him what could be gained from peace in a demonstrable way. Show him a video and show him what can be accomplished, show him what being President of the United States means, and at least give him some ideas about what being an accepted leader of a people who is interested in their progress could mean to him.
So, it seems to be someone is the baby, the question is who. What do you think?