Historian Robert Dallek said presidents traditionally have been mindful of the optics when meeting authoritarian leaders.He pointed to President Dwight Eisenhower’s aides cautioning him not to smile for photos during a meeting with Soviet Union officials after Joseph Stalin’s death.President Trump tries to do a special handshake with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, left, and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte during the opening ceremony of the ASEAN Summit in the Philippines last year.(Andrew Harnik/Associated Press) Time and again, Trump has also upended the more cautious diplomatic approaches of his predecessors in showing warmth toward authoritarian figures.In October 2000, Clinton welcomed Jo Myong Rok, a top North Korean military official, who also presented Clinton with a letter from Kim Jong Il.But Clinton ultimately rejected Kim’s invitation to a summit in Pyongyang.
White House aides said Trump’s sudden decision in March to agree to the summit was made with the confidence that his own negotiating skills would quickly pay greater dividends than three decades of failed lower-level talks.
Trump’s meeting with Kim Yong Chol was a reciprocal gesture after Kim Jong Un met twice with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Pyongyang, the aides said.
It was not the first such meeting in the Oval Office.
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