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Part I:  Why Is Trump Upsetting Our Closest Allies?  
What Has He Done Now?

Part II:  Trump & the North Korean Dictator. . .   

Part I​​
Due to the drama occurring during and after the G-7 Summit Trump is " yanking an agreement" with our allies. This seems like a contradiction in terms but who caused this chaos and why are some individuals from the international community calling Trump a man-child? The answer lies in both of the questions. Trump's own website of the United States Trade Representative  contradicts his comments about Canada and trade deficits but even he admits  that he lied about or overlooked the trade surpluses. And so, a photo is, sometimes, worth a thousand words when it comes to this POTUS.  In it Trump seems perplexed that he is outnumbered by our allies and why we need them --- whose economies, etc. when combined, are greater than the U.S. economy --- in spite of his: "We're America, Bitch Doctrine."

Given these facts, is Trump, in this photo, upset about their response to his tariffs or is he more upset that our closest  allies did not agree with him on asking Russia, a human rights outlaw, to join this group?    Was he upset when they reminded him that Russia interfered in a U.S. election, shot down Malaysia Flight 17, annexed Crimea from Ukraine, still poisons dissidents, still committs cyber-attacks, and/or --- still commits human rights violations against its own citizens, facts that do not seem to bother Trump. One would think that Trump would have brought up   democratic nations such as "India or Brazil whose economies, individually, are greater than Russia's economy," a nation that is not even in the top 10.  But, democracy is not his forte.

Part II
And yet, Trump is on his way to Singapore to negotiate (without any preconditions or parameters in place) with another human rights violator, Supreme Leader/Dictator of North Korea, Kim Jong Un. His " crimes against humanity include extermination, murder, enslavement, torture, imprisonment, rape, forced abortions and other sexual violence, persecution on political, religious, racial and gender grounds, the forcible transfer of populations, the enforced disappearance of persons, and the inhumane act of knowingly causing prolonged starvation." 
The question is: will Trump bring substance to the table this time or will he use the same ineffective  skills in his talks with Kim Jong Un on nuclear disarmament --- no less?  Will  he even mention the "nation’s secretive labyrinth of nuclear plants" that will take years to address. . .     if ever. . . and/or will he   raise public awareness of Pyongyang’s human rights violations?" If Trump has no intention of (at least) bringing up the human rights violations it will make him appear that he accepts them or sees them as normal way to govern, especially since he was less accepting of a dairy tariff at the G7 Summit.    
​Keeping secrets, however, is not Trump's style: propaganda is so he has a lot in common with Kim Jong Un. It is common knowledge though that Trump really does need "something" to help his party win in November or to help him keep his job and Kim Jong Un needs legitimacy, overall but the American public cannot be easily manipulated into buying into something when the key facts are missing. Staged secretive meetings without substance, details, and timelines for their implementation do not work for the majority of Americans. Moreover, secretive meetings do not prove that he deserves applause when he, as the U.S. POTUS, has nothing to show for meeting with a dictator who should still be prosecuted for crimes against humanity --- a fact most Americans recognize. Trump, perhaps, only deserves a photo opportunity for being incapable of recognizing this critical point, a historical misstep --- for bad theatre is bad theatre if it is missing an ending that makes sense  . . . when all is said and done. 
Under this spotlight. . . Kim Jong Un is no partner of the U.S. As Jung H. Pak states  "his willingness must be tested. . . when it comes to: advancing denuclearization by strengthening regional alliances  --- especially with South Korea and Japan, increasing stresses on the North Korean regime by cutting off resources that fund its nuclear weapons program, ramping up defensive and cyber capabilities to mitigate the threat posed by North Korea against the U.S. and its allies, intensifying pressure on the regime through information penetration, raising public awareness of Pyongyang’s human rights violations, etc."  

Simply watching Trump meet with Kim Jong Un on T.V. is not enough. Trump, instead, must ask the questions a real leader would ask of a dictator. He must start with how he treats North Korean citizens (and his own family) for Kim Jong Un's leadership abilities must be judged by this crucial standard, first and foremost   --- in order to determine if he is able to keep his word --- when it comes to any signed agreements or --- any promises he has made. . . for that matter.