Trump in Hanoi was no Reagan in Reykjavik

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Give credit where it is due: President Trump walked away from a bad deal with Kim Jong Un in Hanoi. He refused to end all U.S. sanctions in exchange for the closure of a single North Korean nuclear facility.

But let’s not go overboard. His actions were not on a par, as some have suggested, with President Reagan’s decision to end arms-deal discussions with Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev at the Reykjavik summit in 1986, a move that hastened the end of the Cold War.

Even in the midst of high-stakes negotiations, Reagan regularly criticized the Soviet Union’s egregious record on human rights and its communist ideology, demonstrating a moral leadership that cut to Moscow’s core. By contrast, since opening a dialogue with Kim, Trump has avoided reference to North Korea’s oppression of its people or its totalitarian roots, giving Pyongyang’s tyranny a free pass on the world stage.

Where Reagan undermined the foundations of America’s greatest enemy in his day, Trump has risked propping up a dangerous adversary, at least rhetorically — and other adversaries will take note.

Sources:

https://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-smith-trump-north-korea-reagan-russia-20190301-story.html

https://thehill.com/opinion/international/432404-the-hanoi-summit-comparing-trump-to-reagan-at-reykjavik-is-wrong

https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/03/01/trump-north-korea-summit-reykjavik-225513

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