Trump Cleared a Pretty Low Bar in Singapore—at a Very High Cost

North Korea leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump at the conclusion of their meetings at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island, Singapore, June 12, 2018 (AP photo by Susan Walsh).
North Korea leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump at the conclusion of their meetings at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island, Singapore, June 12, 2018 (AP photo by Susan Walsh).
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Let’s get this out of the way up top: The outcome of yesterday’s summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is preferable to nuclear war. That’s a pretty low bar, of course, but lowering the bar increasingly seems like Trump’s one area of expertise. In any event, we can all be glad that he—and Kim—cleared it. After that, the verdict is less forgiving for Trump. When stripped of all its smoke and mirrors, its oddball pageantry and puffery, the summit delivered a boilerplate document rehashing previous talking points on both sides, with no new […]

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