Who got the upper hand during the U.S - North Korea summit?

06/19/2018 01:49 PM

FLORENCE – While the debate continues as to who the real winner was as a result of last week’s summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, many believe that the North Korean dictator got exactly what he wanted — a seat on the international stage.

Former Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson, who is also the former director of the Harvard Institute of Politics, says that the summit fell right in line with the unpredictable nature of President Trump, who has made of habit of doing things that past Democratic and Republican presidents wouldn’t dream of.

“In state craft you often say you don’t want to reward somebody who’s misbehaving by giving them a summit, but Trump doesn’t follow those rules,” Grayson said. “Sometimes you have to shake things up. So, if you’re looking at this from an optimistic standpoint, you say all right, what we’ve tried isn’t working, maybe this will work. The down side of engaging somebody like the brutal dictator that he is, in his own public, you have rewarded him.”

Another topic weighing on the mind of the American public is immigration and the prospect of parents who enter the United States illegally with their children, being separated from their kids in detention facilities.

Grayson believes that this latest chapter is just an example of how U.S. immigration policy has been broken for a long time.

“What’s frustrating about this whole thing is both parties tend to use immigration very politically instead of stepping back and say, okay, it’s one thing to say if you’ve been brought to this country as a child and you’ve been here a long time, we ought to let you stay here legally, but when you do that you create an incentive for parents to bring young children to this country and take advantage of that situation,” Grayson said. “So, we’re going to have to make some tough choices on what our rules are going to be and keep it consistent.”

Democrats, both across the state and around the country, have declared that they will experience victories at the polls this November as a result of policies by the current GOP administrations.

While Grayson believes that Democrats may enjoy some success, he also believes that the current state of the economy will propel many Republicans to victory.

“Today for example, I’ve read that Gallup has shown that the percentage of Americans thinking that the country is heading in the right direction is like at a 12-year high,” Grayson said. “Now, there’s a real party breakdown in that number, but none the less, it’s at a 12-year high which is pretty extraordinary.”

While most Republicans believe that President Trump will seek reelection in 2020, Grayson also sees a number of Democrats, some familiar and some not so familiar faces possibly getting into the race.

“Some of them are very fresh faces,” Grayson said. “You know, Vice President Biden is one of those, he wouldn’t fall into that category but hasn’t run since 2008. But, there’s an opportunity for a whole bunch of fresh faces to run and be that standard barrier for the party.”

To be successful in November, Grayson believes that Republican candidates must be focused and well organized, now more than ever.

“Some of this is focusing on the nuts and bolts, run good campaigns, you have to raise the money, you have to get out and work to articulate your message and go directly to the voters,” Grayson said. “You have to treat the race like you’re going to lose. Even when you are in the majority, you’ve got to run that way.”

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