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President Donald Trump showed Thursday that sometimes the “art of the deal” is walking away from negotiations, as he suddenly canceled a highly anticipated June summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore.
In his letter to Kim on Thursday morning, Trump said that he was canceling the summit because of “tremendous anger and open hostility” in recent statements by the regime.
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Regardless of the reason, Trump’s decision to cancel the meeting was a powerful move that increases his leverage in the ongoing confrontation.
First and foremost, Trump was able to pocket several important concessions from North Korea without giving the Kim regime anything in return. He canceled the summit merely hours after North Korea had destroyed what it said was its only nuclear testing facility, and after securing the release of three U.S. hostages.
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Trump’s critics, including many Obama administration veterans, had warned that the president would give Kim the prestige of a face-to-face meeting without winning any concessions. In fact, the exact opposite has now happened.
Americans are safer as a result: no longer will the Kim regime, or any other, be misled into thinking that seizing Americans is a way to win face time with the President of the United States or exert pressure in negotiations.
Second, the crushing...
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