What now? Analysts see difficult path to a deal — and a distracted U.S. president
President Donald Trump speaks at a news conference Thursday while Mike Pompeo, U.S. secretary of state, looks on following his second summit meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. They failed to reach a deal or iron out long-unresolved issues. (Tuan Mark/Getty Images)
ANALYSIS — The table was set for a working lunch inside a posh Hanoi hotel, silverware wrapped in carefully folded napkins atop yellow plates flanked by flowers placed on a long rectangular table. But President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un never stepped foot in the room — and their path to a deal is newly murky.
Reporters in Vietnam for the duo’s second nuclear disarmament summit were positioned on one side of the room, some tweeting pictures of the lunch table as they waited. Soon came this dispatch from the day’s print pooler, David Nakamura of the Washington Post, quoting a White House spokeswoman: “There has been a program change.”