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The One Time Trump Didn’t Blink

Trump has often folded during talks, but he chose to walk away from his summit with Kim Jong Un rather than take a deal he didn’t like.
Source: Leah Millis / Reuters

No U.S. president has trained his audience to expect the unexpected as effectively as Donald Trump, so a strange conclusion to his summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un in Vietnam was always the most likely outcome.

What was surprising was the type of outcome: Trump abruptly left the summit and canceled a signing ceremony on the premise that no deal was better than a bad deal. And he did so, , after raising the stakes sky-high for the summit, and at a time when domestic political considerations meant that he could desperately use a win. Trump ran for president heralding himself as

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