The news that President Donald Trump walked away from negotiations with Nor
th Korea early and empty-handed led many experts and lawmakers to heave sig
hs of relief, even as the summit’s abrupt finale raises questions about where things go from here.
Many had worried that the President, eager to score a success and distract from damaging
testimony by his former personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen, would make a deal that endangered Am
erica’s national security and possibly decrease the chances of Pyonyang denuclearization.
According to people familiar with conversations among the President’s senior national security officials, Trump told so
me advisers ahead of the Hanoi talks that he did not want to appear overly thirsty to secure a deal, hoping to pro
ve wrong the myriad analysts who predicted he’d give away the store to demonstrate some type of progress.