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How will President Trump negotiate with North Korea?

June 9, 2018 at 3:00 AM

Each week, the “Can He Do That?” podcast explores critical questions about what today’s news means for our nation and its highest office. See all episodes here.

As President Trump prepares to sit down with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore next week, one thing is certain: Expect the unexpected.

"Both of these leaders have a tendency to go with their instinct. And so, who knows what kind of direction it could veer off into, either good or bad," says Carol Morello, who writes about diplomacy and the State Department for The Washington Post. "There is certainly the strong possibility there will be an element of surprise, despite all the very careful planning."

On this week's episode of the "Can He Do That?" podcast, we forecast what's to come at the Singapore summit, and how Trump will navigate the high-stakes negotiations. What's on the agenda? And what will success look like, in the short term and the long term?

"We can't expect too much," Morello says. "I think that the two leaders are primarily trying to suss each other out, and their intentions, and to see if when they meet eye to eye and talk, whether they believe that they have something that they can work on a deal with."

Listen to the episode here.

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Related: [My journey to North Korea with the secretary of state]

Related: [Trump dangles White House visit for North Korea’s Kim if summit goes well]


Martine Powers is a reporter and host of the Post Reports daily news podcast. She has worked at The Post since 2016, and previously covered transportation and infrastructure. She also reported, wrote and hosted the narrative audio miniseries "How to Flip the House."

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