Is Trump Changing His Approach to Dealing With His Fellow Leaders?

A TV screen at Seoul Station shows images of U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Seoul, South Korea, May 2, 2017 (AP Photo by Ahn Young-joon).
A TV screen at Seoul Station shows images of U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, Seoul, South Korea, May 2, 2017 (AP Photo by Ahn Young-joon).
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U.S. President Donald Trump’s latest comments on North Korean leader Kim Jong Un suggest a new tactic: Rather than asserting primacy and disparaging other countries’ policies, Trump has tried to convey empathy for Kim’s predicament. Perhaps Trump is following Chinese President Xi Jinping’s advice on how to keep Kim from stepping over the brink into conflict. But it could say more about Trump’s evolving understanding of the burdens of leadership. In recent days, as tensions with North Korea have risen, Trump has used some unexpected language to describe Kim. He’s called the 33-year-old Kim “a pretty smart cookie,” conveying some […]

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