Trump’s decision to cancel the summit with North Korea was arguably better than going through with it at this point, but he managed to do it in the most ham-fisted and insulting way possible. For starters, Congressional leadership and U.S. regional allies were neither consulted nor informed before the cancellation was made public.
The decision to cancel also shows just how influential Bolton has become with the president in just the last six weeks. Administration officials say that Bolton was the one who did the most to persuade Trump to cancel:
It is also clear from the sequence of events that Bolton was responsible for the rhetoric that ended up sinking the meeting.
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