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How Kim Jong-un outsmarted Donald Trump

The Singapore summit was a triumph for the North Korean leader

By Isabel Hilton  

Photo: Li Peng/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

For a man who has declared bankruptcy for his businesses no fewer than six times, Donald Trump takes inordinate pride in his deal-making skills. He was bragging about those skills again in Singapore as he prepared for an historic sit down with North Korea’s Kim Jong-un. A few hours later, after much handholding and mutual flattery, the contents of the declaration the two men had signed were widely hailed by everyone outside Trump’s immediate circle as a victory for Kim. The bankruptcy record…

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