ART OF THE DEAL

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics - BY JEN­NIFER HARPER

The diplo­matic break­through be­tween the United States and North Korea re­cently stalled, fired up again, stalled some more and rat­tled with com­pli­ca­tions. Sea­soned ob­servers know that diplo­macy is a work in progress, full of tweaks and ma­neu­vers. Deals of­ten fol­low the same tra­jec­tory. Is it time to con­sult Mr. Trump’s 1987 book “The Art of the Deal” to fig­ure out which strate­gic tac­tic the pres­i­dent could be us­ing here — and in fu­ture ne­go­ti­a­tions? Maybe. Deal mak­ing could be in mo­tion. Let us go back to 1987 for in­sight. “Deals are my art form,” Mr. Trump said in his fa­mous book. “Other peo­ple paint beau­ti­fully on can­vas or write won­der­ful po­etry. I like mak­ing deals. Prefer­ably big deals. That’s how I get my kicks. Most peo­ple are sur­prised by the way I work. I play it very loose. I don’t carry a brief­case. I try no to sched­ule too many meet­ings. I leave my door open.”

Though writ­ten 31 years ago, that can­did state­ment re­veals that some Trump artistry may be afoot. Chances are, jit­tery ob­servers and per­sis­tent crit­ics won’t have to wait for the big re­veal. Ini­tia­tives to pro­mote cam­pus con­ver­sa­tions in which be­liefs are ques­tioned should be en­cour­aged, as should giv­ing stu­dents the re­sources they need to feel com­fort­able but not un­chal­lenged in their iden­ti­ties. By do­ing so, we ex­pand the diver­sity con­ver­sa­tion to make as many stu­dents feel as wel­come as we can,” the editorial rec­om­mends.

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