In his first address to a joint session of Congress, delivered on February 24, President Obama discussed the financial crisis, his plans to help homeowners and stem job loss and his approach to foreign policy challenges such as the Middle East.
On February 25, the Brookings Institution hosted a discussion on the foreign and domestic issues addressed in the speech, and the political and substantive reaction. Senior Political Correspondent Jeanne Cummings of Politico moderated a panel of experts including Brookings Vice President and Director of Governance Studies Darrell West, and Brookings Senior Fellows Rebecca Blank, Thomas Mann and Tamara Wittes.
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Chancellor - University of Wisconsin-Madison
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If Trump and his group hoped that this kind of tough talk would make the North Koreans nervous, and make them come back with their tail between their legs — no, that’s just not the way they work. This is a stupid move. By pushing North Korea away, in such an in-your-face way, he’s pushing them to work separately with the South Koreans and the Chinese.
Timing the pull-out to the exact moment North Korea was publicly doing Trump a favor looked like an intentional burn. This was a slap in the face against Kim [Jong-un].