ART OF THE DEAL
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.