World The North Korea summit will test the cult of Trump

04:11  12 june  2018
04:11  12 june  2018 Source:   nydailynews.com

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But make no mistake, Trump has far less in common with his fellow business leaders than he does cult leaders, and North Korea is the penultimate test of his powers of persuasion.

The first significant test of the great 2016 experiment is finally upon us. Will electing a “deal-maker” bring us closer to peace? So far, President Trump has his mark more by deal-breaking than deal-making. But now he is in Singapore with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, in the first-ever meeting

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The first significant test of the great 2016 experiment is finally upon us. Will electing a “deal-maker” bring us closer to peace?

So far, President Trump has his mark more by deal-breaking than deal-making. But now he is in Singapore with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, in the first-ever meeting between a sitting President and a head of the Hermit Kingdom.

For his part, Trump went in characteristically confident, saying he didn’t have to prepare much for the meeting; he’s been preparing all his life for it. He insisted he’d know within seconds of the start of their talks whether a deal was possible: “The first minute I’ll know — just my touch, my feel, that’s what I do,” he said to reporters.

Trump and Kim to Meet on Singapore's Sentosa Island Resort

  Trump and Kim to Meet on Singapore's Sentosa Island Resort President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will hold their historic Singapore summit at the Capella Hotel on the city-state’s Sentosa Island, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday on Twitter. The Trump administration has slowly revealed details of the meeting, which the president canceled last month only to reinstate days later. On Monday, the White House said the two leaders would start their meeting at 9 a.m. Singapore time on June 12.

Donald Trump has cancelled his planned summit with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, blaming his decision on a threatening statement from the Pyongyang regime, and Ripley was part of an international group of journalists invited to North Korea to cover the destruction of a nuclear test site.

The first significant test of the great 2016 experiment is finally upon us. Will electing a "deal-maker" bring us closer to peace? So far, President Trump has his mark more by deal-breaking than deal-making. But now he is in Singapore with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, in the

Trump’s belief is that his own personal strengths — his many inherent gifts, the manifest destiny of his success, and his superior deal-making abilities — will alone be enough to upend 70 years of North Korean obstinance. In short, he believes he can fix this simply by showing up.

Of course, we already know this about Trump. During the campaign he promised he alone could solve many of the systemic political and socio-economic problems that had eluded great minds for centuries — and it wouldn’t be that hard either. He promised quick solutions, many of which have yet to arrive, while offering no evidentiary support other than “I alone can fix it.”

He and his supporters couched this unsubstantiated narcissism as the thinking of a business man, someone who is not a “skilled politician.”

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North Korea has said it may pull out of a summit with US President Donald Trump if the US insists it gives up its nuclear weapons unilaterally. The highly anticipated meeting between Mr Trump and North Korea 's Kim Jong-un is due to take place on 12 June.

US President Donald Trump has cancelled a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, blaming "tremendous anger and open hostility" from the North . North Korea had also dismantled tunnels at its only nuclear test site only hours before Mr Trump 's announcement.

But make no mistake, Trump has far less in common with his fellow business leaders than he does cult leaders, and North Korea is the penultimate test of his powers of persuasion.

For all of his success in business — and his record is marked by some wildly infamous failures, too — his belief in the transcendence of his personality above all else makes him less like Jack Welch and more like Jim Jones.

Donald Trump, Kim Jong-un are posing for a picture © Evan Vucci / AP For example, one could never imagine Trump saying, as Welch did: “I was never the smartest guy in the room. From the first person I hired, I was never the smartest guy in the room. And that's a big deal.”

Or, this one, from Lee Iacocca: “I always go back to Harry Truman: Should we drop an atomic bomb to save 100,000 lives? That's a hell of a decision to make. Did he make that decision by himself? No, he had advisers.”

But when it comes to cult-like self-esteem, Trump starts sounding a lot more familiar.

Five things to watch for at the US-North Korea summit

  Five things to watch for at the US-North Korea summit The summit, held at a luxury hotel on a secluded island in Singapore, is slated to be the first such meeting between a sitting U.S. president and North Korean leader. Trump's national security team has raced to finalize details on possible requests and concessions for the meeting, where Trump and Kim are expected to discuss efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.Much remains unknown about the meeting - including who will ultimately have a seat at the table, what the U.S. will demand and what will happen when the meeting concludes.Here are five things to watch at the summit, which kicks off Monday at 9 p.m.

Pyongyang also says it plans to close nuclear test site as summit between North and South to be held on Friday.

US President Donald Trump has cancelled a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, blaming "tremendous anger and open hostility" from the North . North Korea had also dismantled tunnels at its only nuclear test site only hours before Mr Trump 's announcement.

Joe Navarro, author, body language expert and 25-year FBI profiler, describes cultish personalities this way in Psychology Today:

“[T]hey were or are all pathologically narcissistic. They all have or had an overabundant belief that they were special, that they and they alone had the answers to problems, and that they had to be revered. They demanded perfect loyalty from followers, they overvalued themselves and devalued those around them, they were intolerant of criticism, and above all they did not like being questioned or challenged. And yet, in spite of these less than charming traits, they had no trouble attracting those who were willing to overlook these features.”

Yes, those traits combined toward different ends and means for Jim Jones, David Koresh and Marshall Applewhite of Heaven’s Gate, for example. None had presidential ambitions, thankfully.

But the tactics are much the same. The late Dr. Stanley Cath, who studied and treated 60 former cult members over the course of a decade, described the cult leader’s ability to convert otherwise rational people: “Often they set up a we-they philosophy: We have the truth and you do not.” To those of us familiar with “fake news,” that sure sounds familiar.

There are only two questions now: Can Trump’s cult of personality win against Kim Jong Un, and if it doesn’t, do his followers start to question his omnipotence?

Remember, the most crucial test of any cult leader’s career is when his prediction for the end of the world comes…and goes. What then?

Japan halts missile drills after Trump-Kim summit: reports .
Japan has halted evacuation drills simulating a North Korean missile attack in the wake of historic talks between Washington and Pyongyang, local media reported Thursday. Government officials did not immediately confirm the reports, but authorities in one town told AFP they were suspending a drill planned for next week on orders from Tokyo.The decision comes after US President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un met last week in Singapore, with the pair signing a joint document calling for denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.

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