October 27, 2021

Trump leaves office with a shaky North Korea legacy that could haunt Biden

Experts say Trump left a net positive on North Korea, but also a domestic mess that will distract Biden from Pyongyang

Bidding farewell but vowing to return “in some form,” U.S. President Donald J. Trump boarded the White House’s Marine One chopper for the last time on Wednesday, ascending into the winter sky and begrudgingly passing the torch to Joseph R. Biden, the country’s new commander in chief.

After four years in office, Trump’s presidency ended with turbulence: More than 400,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the country, the statehouse was violently ransacked by some of his supporters, and House members voted to impeach him in the twilight of his term. All of this could distract President Biden, a foreign policy buff who will likely foster a more traditional approach on North Korea and who’s dealing with a Pyongyang that’s losing patience.