Trump’s Reagan Moment — and Ours

President Ronald Reagan says goodbye to Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev after their last meeting at the Reykjavik summit in 1986. (Ronald Reagan Presidential Library)
In negotiating with Kim, the president holds an ace, new U.S. technology, as Reagan did in his talks with Gorbachev in the 1980s.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he verdict is in on Trump’s refusal to strike a deal with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un at their summit in Hanoi last week — or more precisely two verdicts are in. The media and the usual Trump critics have pronounced the summit a disaster: “How the Trump-Kim Summit Failed: Big Threats, Big Egos, Bad Bets,” is how the New York Times portrayed it. The other verdict comes from Trump admirers who have compared Trump’s performance with Ronald Reagan’s at Reykjavík in 1986, when Reagan walked away from a deal with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev regarding nuclear weapons — a walkout

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Arthur Herman is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute, a Pulitzer Prize finalist, and the author of, most recently, The Viking Heart: How Scandinavians Conquered the World (Houghton Mifflin, 2021).


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