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President Trump spoke up in his usual way at a NATO breakfast in Brussels. Which is to say overbearing.
He drove home the point, over and over, that all the member states need to pay their fare share. The U.S. pays more than other NATO members by far.
Brussels Breakfast Belgian Waffles
It’s a point often made by Trump opponents. But they were mortified.
Nobody but the translator really knows what Rocket Man told Trump at their summit in Singapore. But we do know Kim wouldn’t be there if not for his nuclear weapons. His nukes are how he communicates his fearsome awesomeness to the world.
Speaking of communicating his fearsome awesomeness – where would President Trump be without his Twitter account?
Could be a long negotiation.
Trump called off talks with North Korea. Is it possible Kim Jong Un wants a nuke deal because he blew up his testing site?
President Trump Hits Global Reset Button from Paris to Pyongyang. At least that’s the way a headline in The Hill sees it.
The article is by former Trump Staffer Sebastian Gorka. He claims that if you want to understand The Donald you have to read Art of the Deal. And once you’ve done that you’ll know it’s all about the objective:
The negotiations themselves, or maintaining the established way of doing business, are never the objectives. The real objective is defined by realizing your interests, which may not be possible if the status quo is maintained.
For example, Hillary’s reset (or overcharge) with Russia didn’t achieve an objective.
President Obama sent Hillary Clinton to present a mislabeled “reset button” to the Kremlin. In reality, there was no reset. The Obama administration did not effectively address the expansionist and destabilizing behavior of former KGB colonel Vladimir Putin, not even after he invaded Ukraine.
But Gorka has way more faith in a Trump reset with North Korea:
It is a reset that included tough talk with China and North Korea, talk followed up by actions that have led to a response on behalf of Pyongyang, which may take us to the cusp of bringing peace and stability to the region after 65 years of potential war.
But whatever you do with Dear Leader, don’t go all Madeline Albright.
So he called in sick.