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What Happened in Hanoi?

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We now know that President Trump is not only a practitioner of the “madman theory” of international politics but also at the negotiating table.

It’s ironic that while most pundits and the media kept up a steady drumbeat that he was going to give away the store, he did just the opposite, holding out for a better deal.

Maybe that shouldn’t be so surprising. After all, he wouldn’t be the first businessman to use that tactic in trying to clinch a deal. Brinkmanship is a piece of standard equipment for him and others in that world.

What is so shocking is to see it happen at such a high-profile summit. But this isn’t the first summit meeting ever to fail. It’s just the first US-DPRK summit that didn’t work out.

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