The Trump – Kim Jong Un summit: A meeting of two personalities.
Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, both accomplished liars.
Both narcissistic to the nth. degree.
Both with a clear understanding of the value of hype, pomp, ceremony and razzle dazzle.
And both delivered.
The attempt by the Trump administration to get the North Koreans to drop their nuclear program.
And although Kim Jong Un said he would consider getting rid of his nuclear weapons, something the U.S. said prior to the meeting was an essential condition, he never committed to it.
And let’s not forget that the North Koreans have made the same statement that Kim Jung Un did but never followed it up with previous U.S. governments.
And while the world watched the carefully choreographed political reality show in Singapore in the hope there was substance to all the pomp and ceremony.
But it wasn’t.
But despite Trump’s assertion that a deal was consummated the Trump – Kim Jong Un summit was nothing but all gab and no stab.
Trump and Kim Jong Un met privately for about 45 minutes. They were the only two, aside from the interpreters at that event.
There was no one taking notes so Trump could say anything and there was no one to challenge his version of the talks.
The public statement after the summit by both parties was bland. It was long on aspirations and short on specifics.
And none other than the respected newsmagazine, The Economist, made that point.
This was in sharp contrast to the American press, although not totally congratulatory, kept praising Trump over the fact that Trump managed to snag a meeting with the wily, cunning, young North Korean dictator.
And on top of that there was a surreal quality to the summit.
Essentially it added up to this – it was a deal to make a deal.