This Week on Washington Week: President Donald Trump agrees to meet with Kim Jong Un
On this week’s Washington Week: President Donald Trump hails “great progress” with North Korea and faces fallout from fellow Republicans and allies over new tariffs on imported steel and aluminum.
President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have agreed to a historic summit after a year in which the two have repeatedly traded insults and threats. The bilateral meeting with South Korea is a remarkable breakthrough. It brings the North Korean regime close to its long-desired aim of recognition on the international stage and offers Trump the prospect of a significant diplomatic accomplishment. However, the consequences of such a high-stakes gamble remain hard to predict.
Despite ongoing criticism from some Republican lawmakers, cabinet members and traditional allies in industry and commerce, President Trump signed off on a controversial tariff plan on imported steel and aluminum. Aides and advisers are struggling to reconcile Trump’s statements with U.S. trade law and national security interests. The European Union (EU) has announced plans to retaliate against the proposed U.S. tariffs with higher import duties on bourbon, peanut butter, cranberries, orange juice, steel, and industrial products. The resignation of national economic advisor Gary Cohn, who opposed the new tariffs, further complicated the rollout.
Robert Costa will discuss the diplomatic breakthrough with North Korea and explain why Trump's steel tariffs are more a political war than a trade war with:
Kayla Tausche of CNBC
Peter Baker of The New York Times
Manu Raju of CNN, and
Kimberly Atkins of The Boston Herald