Instead, experts said the Hanoi summit exposed Trump’s lack of preparation and diplomatic shortcomings. By walking away instead of working towards a compromise, they said, the president just made it all the more difficult for the talks to achieve substantive progress let alone denuclearization.“I suspect Trump believed that all the flattery extended toward Kim would be sufficient to yield an outcome that Trump could deem a victory, but he clearly miscalculated,” said Jonathan Pollack, a foreign policy expert at Brookings Institution.North Korea’s rare press conference in Hanoi late Thursday night only raised more questions about the efficacy of Trump’s hardball tactics, with North Korea’s Foreign Minister denying they wanted full-sanctions relief, and pinning the failed talks on Trump.
“I suspect Trump believed that all the flattery extended toward Kim would be sufficient to yield an outcome that Trump could deem a victory, but he clearly miscalculated.”
“The problem is that we knew that's what [Kim] wanted and should have better prepared to press the North Koreans towards more reasonable interim steps,” Alexandra Bell, senior policy director at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, told VICE News. “In the lead-up, the president was talking a lot about economic transformation, when the focus should have been on how we expected concrete, binding commitments to roll back the North Korean nuclear program.”READ: Trump defends Kim Jong Un over North Korea’s torture of Otto Warmbier: “He didn’t know about it”
“Team Trump should have had a plan to achieve some tangible progress. If not, don't hold a summit.”