December 06, 2022

The Trump-Moon summit: How the two leaders avoided disaster

Last week's summit between the two Presidents largely avoided the difficult topics

It has been a long-established tradition that newly elected South Korean Presidents visit the United States on their first overseas trip, and given the significance of the U.S. for South Korea’s politics and trade, this is, indeed, a tradition based on practicality. Moon Jae-in was no exception, visiting DC for two days last week.

But a visit to Washington DC is an unusual experience these days. The White House now has a tenant with unorthodox ideas and habits, and an encounter with Donald Trump would likely be a challenge for any politician. In the case of Moon Jae-in, there were a number of additional factors which did not bode well.