Back in April, before the summit with North Korea, President Donald Trump told reporters that the United States had been played by “like a fiddle” in the past by North Korea because it had a “different kind of leader.” Trump vowed at the time that North Korea was not playing and he would not be played.
Trump on North Korea discussions: “I don’t think he’s playing… The United States has been played beautifully like a fiddle because you had a different kind of leader. We’re not going to be played.” pic.twitter.com/3G49L3SRXY
— NBC Politics (@NBCPolitics) April 27, 2018
But Max Boot, an author, consultant, editorialist, lecturer and military historian claims otherwise. In an opinion piece in The Washington Post, Boot states,
Actually, Trump has been played from the start — and he’s the only one who doesn’t know it. His dealings with North Korea have been a master class in self-deception.”
Trump has been played from the start — and he’s the only one who doesn’t know it. His dealings with North Korea have been a master class in self-deception. Me in @PostOpinions: https://t.co/Jl1v4cDYhd
— Max Boot (@MaxBoot) July 9, 2018
In a scathing commentary, Boot takes on both Trump and Kim.
“Trump agreed on the spur of the moment to meet with Kim, thereby putting the dictator of this two-bit police state on the same level as the U.S. president, without any guarantee that he would get anything in return.”
Boot also fired a few salvos at Republicans in congress.
“…his groupies in Congress nominated him for a Nobel Peace Prize.”
Boot also pointed to how the president began to publicly take credit for accomplishments in March related to a summit that would not even happen until June. With all of the online boasts in the months leading up to the summit, North Korea gained an advantage that allowed them to ensure the meeting would occur on their terms.
For years and through many administrations, everyone said that peace and the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula was not even a small possibility. Now there is a good chance that Kim Jong Un will do what is right for his people and for humanity. Look forward to our meeting!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 28, 2018
A message from Kim Jong Un: “North Korea will stop nuclear tests and launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles.”
Also will “Shut down a nuclear test site in the country’s Northern Side to prove the vow to suspend nuclear tests.” Progress being made for all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 21, 2018
The highly anticipated meeting between Kim Jong Un and myself will take place in Singapore on June 12th. We will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 10, 2018