Trump’s sum­mit deal does lit­tle to help the U.S. but lots for North Korea

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Who is Pres­i­dent Trump work­ing for? He dis­rupts re­la­tions with our al­lies in the Group of Seven eco­nomic pow­ers in an at­tempt to get Rus­sia read­mit­ted. And now he of­fers pro­tec­tions to Kim Jong Un in North Korea vow­ing to sus­pend mil­i­tary ex­er­cises in the re­gion and get­ting vague prom­ises in re­turn.

No­tice­ably ab­sent in his talks with Kim was Pres­i­dent Moon Jae-in of South Korea. Trump does not share the spotlight. A Nobel Peace Prize? Trump is a hor­ri­ble deal maker and has done lit­tle to help Amer­i­can in­ter­ests, but a lot to help our ad­ver­saries. What is go­ing on? Ge­orge Ma­gakis, Jr.

Nor­ris­town, Pa.

Who would have thought it? As re­cently as a year ago, Pres­i­dent Trump and North Korean dic­ta­tor Kim Jong Un were hurl­ing in­sults at each other. Now they’ve had an un­prece­dented hand­shake at the ne­go­ti­at­ing ta­ble. Al­though I dis­like some of Trump’s be­hav­ior (his vul­gar mouth and inces­sant tweet­ing), I ad­mire his re­spect for the Amer­i­can flag. I have to give Trump credit: He got the slip­pery Kim to Sin­ga­pore. Trump may be able to out­fox Kim. I think even crazy Kim knew that if he con­tin­ued to be bel­liger­ent, he might be in the crosshairs of a mother of all bombs. Trump brought the world a de­gree of safety that former sec­re­tary of State Hil­lary Clin­ton and former Pres­i­dent Barack Obama never did. Trump has ac­com­plished what decades of pres­i­dents could not. Kim might still be­tray, but he will ob­vi­ously think twice.

James A. Marples

Longview, Texas

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