Although Kim Jong Un has made it fairly clear that North Korea won't be giving up their nuclear weapons, Trump's meeting with Kim hasn't been canceled (at least not yet) because Trump doesn't actually care about tangible results and policy.
Sources who spoke to the Associated Press say Trump is almost entirely focused on the presentation and "pageantry" of the meeting.
In other words, he just wants to put on a show.
Going into the North Korea meeting, senior administration officials say, the president has been almost singularly focused on the pageantry of the summit —including the suspenseful roll-out of details. He has not been deeply engaged in briefing materials on North Korea’s nuclear program, said three people with knowledge of the White House efforts. They were not authorized to speak publicly.
Scott Snyder, director of the Program on U.S.-Korea Policy at the Council of Foreign Relations, said there’s a risk that “the ceremony and the historic nature of the meeting be allowed to overshadow the deliverables.”
Driven by gut instinct, Trump rarely dives deep as he prepares to meet with foreign counterparts. For the North Korea meeting, insiders say, he is motivated by the idea of scoring a historic deal and is tickled by suggestions he could win a Nobel Peace Prize — especially since Barack Obama won the honor early in his presidency.
I think we all saw this coming and we should be prepared for the possibility that Trump will declare some sort of victory even if there's no victory in sight.
We should also be prepared to see Trump gives Kim Jon Un whatever he wants. That's what Trump has done so far. He's showered Kim Jong Un with gracious praise and legitimacy.
Trump even produced a goddamn collectable coin to commemorate their meeting.
There's now a White House Military Office coin for the upcoming Trump Kim Jong Un summit. The North Korean dictator is referred to as "Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un." pic.twitter.com/tFAmE813Y1
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) May 21, 2018
I would not be the least bit surprised if Trump lifts sanctions, withdraws from South Korea, and allows Kim Jong Un to keep his nuclear weapons. Trump will do whatever he thinks will give him the best headlines. Nothing else matters.
BREAKING: Trump says Singapore summit with North Korea's Kim Jong Un `may not work out for June 12,' suggests potential delay.
— The Associated Press (@AP) May 22, 2018