May 11, 2018
Trump dabbles in made-for-TV diplomacy
Journalist Nancy Cook
After disappointing European allies by pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal and amid the rising drumbeat of scandal surrounding his longtime personal attorney, President Donald Trump has been increasingly focused on landing positive headlines out of his diplomacy with North Korea.
But as with other major policy initiatives — from the effort to repeal Obamacare to passing tax reform or scrapping the U.S. role in major international trade deals — the president has been more focused on scoring a history-making win while leaving the details to others.
That approach has tripped up Trump in the past, ultimately costing him a crucial first victory on his top policy priority early in his term after Republican members of Congress rebelled against scrapping the Affordable Care Act and even making tax reform a tough sell.
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