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Thu Jun 14, 2018, 11:26 AM

The initial results of Trump's Singapore summit match China's game plan.

'The photos from the Singapore summit were meant to impress, but the substance was thin indeed for a vague pledge to work towards complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula our president gave up U.S.-South Korean joint military exercises in a surprise move that whacked both South Korea and Japan.

Maybe it will all work out. But to understand what President Donald Trump is really after, let me put this into perspective.

Trump is a businessman, so let's think of him as a new CEO and his supporters as the shareholders. When new CEOs come in they work hard to impress shareholders. They sometimes use the company's good credit rating to borrow money, even for such things as share buybacks just to boost the stock. Or they may propose to sell assets, to get more cash on the balance sheet.

They usually look for good news to trumpet on Wall Street, and go on "road shows" with investors to seek even more investment in the company and further raise the share price. Of course, the best actually work the company itself, improving products, worker morale, and relations with customers.

But new CEO Trump has focused on his shareholders. He's drawn down 70 years of U.S. credibility, reliability, and consistency on such issues as NATO, relations with Canada and Mexico, and our alliances in Asia, to seek headlines and support from a minority of the electorate often on the basis of false information and specious claims.

Trump is selling off assets like U.S.-South Korean military readiness to gain little more than a smile from North Korea. He also wants to claim to have one-upped his predecessors. Trump frightened the world with bellicose rhetoric, turning a problem into a crisis, in order to become the "savior." At home he is trashing government and the civil service while on a perpetual "road show," with rallies of supporters and harsh attacks on critics, strengthening his base at the cost of further dividing the country.

With respect to North Korea, all the hard work remains to be planned out, agreed on, and done.'>>>

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/06/14/trumps-singapore-summit-results-match-chinas-game-plan-gen-wesley-clark.html

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