Foreign policy experts and news analysts agreed President Trump did a masterful job negotiating his photo op with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The experts said the pictures and video footage was “a big win” for the president and they doubted whether Hillary Clinton, the Democratic nominee for president, could have negotiated a photo op of that caliber.
“Let’s be honest, President Trump did something few if any other American presidents could have done, and that’s give the world a photo op like none other,” said Adam Goldberg, professor emeritus of foreign relations at Harvard University. “The walking, the hand-shaking, the patting on the shoulder and on the back—it was a feast for both still and video cameras and I expect we’ll be looking at images of this event for months if not years.”
“Talking one-on-one, meeting the press, saying words and making gestures with their hands and their arms—no detail was too small for the pictures and videos that would be taken and shown all over the world,” said Melissa Barton-Smith, world politics commentator for NBC News.
Sean Hannity on his Fox News show last night took the opportunity to rip former presidential contender Hillary Clinton for the inept way she would have handled such a high-visibility event. “I can’t imagine what pant suit Clinton would have worn to meet the leader of North Korea,” Hannity said. “Maybe she would have slipped and fallen when she shook Kim’s hand, or maybe she would have started coughing when they held their joint news conference. How embarrassed would we have been as Americans had she been our president?”
Analysts agreed North Korea won major concessions from the United States at the summit, but it also caved to Trump’s demand that he, as the American president, be seen talking and meeting with Kim.
“”The backstory to all this is that North Korea wanted to deny Trump the chance to meet with Kim, shake his and or even pat him on the back,” said Liam Brennan, BBC world news analyst. “But Trump said if he couldn’t do these things, the summit was off. So, that was a major win for the U.S., because, as we saw, Trump not only shook Kim’s hand and patted him on the back, but he also patted him on the shoulder. I think even critics of Trump have to concede he negotiated a hard bargain with Kim and won on what was really a very big event, one that people watched on their TV and on the Internet. And they heard it on the radio, too, if they had their dial set to the right station.”
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