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Dennis P. Halpin
Dennis P. Halpin, a former Foreign Service Officer and senior Congressional staff, is a consultant on Asian issues.
CNN, quoting South Korean official sources, has reported that President Trump is considering a visit to the demilitarized zone (DMZ) during his upcoming visit to Seoul. This would bring Donald Trump to the very spot that former President Clinton once referred to as “the scariest place on earth.”
In the Cold War era of Ronald Reagan and even beyond, a trip to the DMZ became de rigueur for American presidents to demonstrate solidarity with U.S. Forces Korea and to indicate firm support for the alliance with South Korea.