PRESIDENT TRUMP PLAYS ‘CRAZY CARD’ LIKE A FOX
Hostile news organizations and pundits are fond of describing President Trump in extreme terms, often calling him unpresidential, unorthodox and aggressive — and from the moment he took office. Critics are not comfortable with his candid Twitter missives; they are insulted when he does not dutifully telegraph his plans to one and all. But this is a complicated world. It is possible that Mr. Trump’s style is calculated, canny, productive — and the work of a businessman, politician and showman who embraces asymmetrical warfare on a global stage.
“Is Donald Trump’s unpredictability an advantage in handling North Korea? The North Koreans are used to being the ones who play the crazy card,” writes Issac Chotiner, a Slate staff writer who is interested, he says, in “the reasons for China’s large influence over North Korea, whether the current North Korean regime is rational, and why Trump’s bluster — ‘the crazy card’ — might be beneficial.” So how does North Korea react to Mr. Trump?
“I think they perceive him as very unpredictable, which is perhaps not a bad thing. By being impetuous and tweeting all sorts of implied threats, he’s scaring them and also scaring the Chinese. As I said, that’s their card. That’s the favorite card in the playbook. The fact that he’s stolen it or is playing their game is, I think, putting them kind of off. They don’t know how to interpret it,” Barbara Demick told the publication.
She is New York bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times, and also the author of the 2010 book “Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea.”
Ms. Demick later reiterated, “I think Trump has scared the North Koreans, and I think he’s even more so scared the Chinese. The Chinese are quite risk-averse. The Chinese Communist Party really wants stability on that border, and if they’re convinced that Trump could do something serious, I think they will be more cooperative. He’s tried various techniques with the Chinese, and he’s offered concessions on trade. I think he’s making it clear that he’s very serious about this. Oh my God, here I am, defending Donald Trump.”
Conservative watchdog Newsbusters.org reports that, in his first 100 days in office, President Trump has been at the mercy of “the most hostile press treatment of any incoming American president.”