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President Donald Trump at a meeting with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in the Oval Office of the White House, Washington, May 13, 2019 (AP photo by Evan Vucci).

Trump, the ‘Great Negotiator,’ Risks Losing Deals With China, Iran and North Korea

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

While campaigning for U.S. president, Donald Trump sold himself as a great negotiator who would get tough and get things done. That image took a big hit after Trump’s capitulation to Congress over his needless government shutdown earlier this year, and his failure to get additional funding for his border wall. It took another hit last week when three of Trump’s foreign policy priorities suffered setbacks: Iran announced that it would stop adhering to some provisions of the international deal curbing its nuclear program; North Korea resumed ballistic missile launches; and Beijing reneged on commitments aimed at resolving the U.S.-China trade war.

To underscore his apparent toughness, Trump took new punitive actions against each country. But a resolution of the underlying problems in all three foreign policy negotiations remains elusive. If anything, they could get much worse. ...

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