2. Trump fumes as Korea talks stall
Since the summit, "U.S. negotiators have faced stiff resistance from a North Korean team practiced in the art of delay and obfuscation," the WashPost's John Hudson, Josh Dawsey and Carol Leonnig report:
- "Diplomats say the North Koreans have canceled follow-up meetings, demanded more money and failed to maintain basic communications."
- "[A] missile-engine testing facility that Trump said would be destroyed remains intact, and U.S. intelligence officials say Pyongyang is working to conceal key aspects of its nuclear program."
"The lack of immediate progress, though predicted by many analysts, has frustrated the president, who has fumed at his aides in private even as he publicly hails the success of the negotiations."
- "Officials say Trump has been captivated by the nuclear talks, asking staffers for daily updates on the status of the negotiations."
P.S. "Intelligence officials are growing concerned that Mr. Trump cherry-picks their findings to reinforce decisions he has already made," per the N.Y. Times' Julian Barnes, Eric Schmitt and Katie Benner:
- Administration officials "noted that in the case of North Korea, he picked up on evidence last summer of growing nuclear capabilities to bolster his threats of military action; now that he is pursuing a thaw in relations with North Korea, he is ignoring similar evidence."