On Friday, President Trump took center stage at the remarkable summit between the leaders of North and South Korea, taking into account the courageous and innovative diplomacy that could pave the way to peace where other leaders failed.
something that I hope I can do for the world, "said Trump." That's beyond the United States. This is a world problem, and I hope I can do it for the world.
The dramatic turn of events on the Korean peninsula was the keystone of a week that crystallized the way Trump established his overseas country. The political approach largely relies on the pride he takes to the old ones Break the conventions of diplomatic negotiations and regain their image.
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French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited the White House this week, hoping to convince Trump to do so To persuade them not to give up the Iranian nuclear treaty and stop their protectionist trade policies, but when they left, both leaders had largely given up on convincing Trump that he was wrong, and instead focused on how they could avoid their differences [1
And the Senate reaffirmed Mike Pompeo, a Trump political ally and former Tea Party member, to be Secretary of State, giving the president a foreign policy team more in line with the international politics he propagated during the election campaign ,
Trump's foreign policy maneuvers, especially in North Korea, carry great risks. Pyongyang has proven to be an unreliable negotiator in the past; A failure of talks could now revive tensions where they were only months ago, when fears arose that a military confrontation would become more likely. If he abandons the Iran deal, Trump will come under pressure to develop a new approach to keep Tehran's nuclear ambitions in check.
And while Trump boasts that his tough trade talks are bringing countries to the negotiating table, Republicans in Congress are open to fear that potential trade wars will be catastrophic to the economy and their party's prospects in the midterm elections.
But now the President dismisses his critics as naysayers who have failed where he wants to succeed.
I get a kick now and then because I'm watching people who have failed so badly over the past 25 years and told me how to negotiate with North Korea, "Trump told Merkel during a White House press conference. "I'm getting a big, big kick out of it."
Trump has turned the traditional process of major international negotiations on its head and amazed some helpers when he agreed on-site with an offer of direct talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un The meeting sees Trump as the iconoclastic dealmaker at the top – and he seems to enjoy the image.
"The United States has been played like a violin in the past," by North Korea, because Pyongyang could use a "different kind" the leader, "Trump said Friday. "That does not happen to us."
Hours earlier, Kim had crossed the border into South Korea and a waiting embrace of South Korean President Moon Jae-in. During an hour-long visit across the heavily armed border, Kim laid the groundwork for a meeting with Trump, which is expected next month. Kim has agreed that denuclearization is on the table.
Trump claims he enforced the problem by his tough stance on North Korea in his first year in office and vowed he would be a sharper negotiator than any of his predecessors.
Trump also attributes the personal connection he has established with Chinese President Xi Jinping to the rapid turnaround with North Korea, China's communist ally and economic lifeline.
"Everyone is surprised at how closely he clung". Trump said. "Everyone said that he was just talking about it, he would not do it Well, he did, and he did it from a relationship we have."
Trump was also rewarded for having supported South Korea opened the door to talks for the Winter Olympics in February. With Trump's blessing, South Korea invited North Korea to send athletes and dignitaries and turn the games into a spectacle of sports diplomacy after nearly 70 years of conflict and hostility between the two Koreas.
Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (RS.C.), a frequent critic of Trump's foreign affairs affairs, sounded enthusiastic about the turnaround on the Korean peninsula after months of Twitter taunts and name shifts between Trump and Kim.
"We" Not there yet, but when that happens, President Trump deserves the Nobel Peace Prize, "Graham said Friday
Merkel's hearty afternoon on Friday was short, compared to the three days Macron received earlier this week  Merkel came to make a last argument to Trump that he should not break the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran before the deadline of May 12. Macron had already suggested Trump's own diplomacy was not his opposition to what the President called a "bad deal."
Merkel also argued in favor of freeing Europe from new tariffs on steel and aluminum The Trump's reasons for the tariffs are, as his views on Iran's Deal, rooted in its populist ideology – the slogan of the "America First" campaign, despite the appalled complaints of allies and some of Trump's own party
That traditional allies come to him and in countries where the United States and Europe once had progressed step by step, asking for a rethinking shows how Trump has rewritten the rules.
"The president will decide, that's very clear," Merkel said. "We had an exchange of views on the current state of negotiations and the respective assessments of where we stand and the decision lies with the President."
Merkel leads the most populous country in Europe and is the longest-serving leader among the European powers – a support the kind of cautious consensus policy that Trump instinctively rejects.
But more than a year after her awkward first meeting at the White House, dominated by Trump's angry criticism of German contributions to NATO, which Merkel regarded as paltry, Merkel seemed to have the appearance of political differences with an American leader, which she still had to bring to court.
she told reporters that she told Trump that the current business is "anything but perfect" in her opinion, but she avoided any point-to-point investigation of her differences.
Trump smiled as she started a discussion NATO, which dealt with Trump's complaint that the United States was overpaying – in the form that he might have chosen for himself.
"Germany and Europe must take their fate into their own hands, because we can no longer rely on America to come and help us, as we did during the Cold War in the years of the division of Germany" Merkel said.
Trump, who is largely unpopular in Germany, shook off a German reporter's question about his "aggressive tweeting" and stupid diplomatic style.
"I believe that – if I look at the numbers in Germany – and some other countries may not like Donald Trump I have to understand that I'm doing a good job because I represent the United States," he said.