PRES­I­DENT TRUMP PLAYS ‘CRAZY CARD’ LIKE A FOX

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - BY JEN­NIFER HARPER

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.”

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

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.”

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