Appearing on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) gave credit to President Trump for the developing relationship with North Korea.
Host Jonathan Karl stated, “I don’t imagine that you agree that he has everything to do with this, but doesn’t the president deserve credit ... at least partial credit for what we're seeing unfold on the Korean peninsula?”
I think it's more than fair to say that the combination of the president's unpredictability and indeed his bellicosity had something to do with North Korea's willingness to come to the table.
But before the president takes too much credit or hangs out the “mission accomplished” banner, he needs to realize we may go into a confrontational phase, and he may not want the full blame if things go south.
But most important for this president is, when things do become confrontational, as is likely to happen, it's gonna be very important that we're lashed up with our allies, South Korea and Japan, or otherwise North Korea will pick us apart. And this president isn't particularly good about lashing up with our allies.