Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Pence's fateful choice at the Olympics

CNN (Original article contains links.)

Image from article, with caption: Trump's foolish decision on South Korea
Reporting by The Wall Street Journal indicates the White House was actually blindsided by consultations between the North and South and none too happy about it either. But that didn't stop Trump from reportedly asking South Korean President Moon Jae-in to give him the credit for it, which Moon did some days later.

Korea watchers worried about the lack of US participation in these talks. But that didn't worry the administration.

"If the Olympics provide an opening for conversations to occur, that's better for the people of South Korea and also the people of North Korea," Steve Goldstein, US undersecretary for public diplomacy and public affairs, said at the time. "We want to see their athletes participate and be part of the community of nations."

So, Trump got what exactly what he said he wanted: inter-Korean talks about sports and the credit for starting them. ...

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