I would not consider that a good thing. You get something then you cancel a agreement. What it does is make it look like the American president cannot be trusted. When your word is your bond, why would anyone trust you after that. Now when you go into Negotiations, they will bring up that very incident, show where you have either lied or been deceitful and thus ask for the world. There is nothing really smart about how he goes about negotiations. First he threatens then he wants to go to the table believe these countries must deal the way he sees fit. The problem is that they will all just sit tight and see what happens in 2 years or 6. Also, since we do not know, how things will go with these negotiations, you cannot really give him any credit until the ink drys on the agreement.
That's because you are looking at it wrong. The hostages were not a part of the negotiations, he didn't go back on his word the meeting is still on. When NK stopped taking calls on the summit and were talking shit about Pence and others then Trump canceled the meeting. The NKs were begging to be back at the table the next day. He doesn't take shit from them and it scares them. My point is that the negotiations themselves are great and new. They might fail on their face but the attempt is progress. The hostages were just being a good president. He personally released 17 hostages in his first year and pardoned a bunch of people as well. He pardoned Scooter Libby to take a jab at Mueller and even Kim Kardashian's friend as a celebrity President. That's unheard of but it's not unconstitutional, it's nontraditional. It's well within the authority of the President but they usually wait to the end of their presidency to do most of that stuff. He is good at negotiations, I'm a free market guy so I loathe the tariff system. That's for countries without an income tax. He's using tariffs to jab our allies in the face. It's a shakeup for sure but it's not destroying anything. Like a big brother terrorizing his sibling. Lower your tariffs and i'll lower mine, lower your tariffs and i'll lower mine. When you actually look at the broader scope of things it can be comedic genius.
No, I was not looking at it wrong. The hostages were a good faith deal heading up to the conference. Good faith meaning that NK was willing to do this for nothing just to get things started. If the US backs out then it appears they are not horning this agreement and look like they are not honorable. I do not know if NK was begging to come back to the table since we only heard that statement from from Rudy and who in their right mind believes a word that comes out of his mouth. Also after we see the agreement the President signed with NK, well, I can definitely see if they did begged for the meeting it was because school was about to be put in session. Basically, Trump gave them everything they wanted which is to remove US presence from that part of the world. This has long been something China has wanted for years, including NK. In return we got nothing. We got some vague statement that NK will try to do something but nothing hard or confirmed. Nothing where we can actually even check to see if they are honoring the deal or anything.
Where exactly has he shone he is good at negotiations. He said he would fix Health care, nothing. He said he would fix Nafta, still waiting on something. He institute tariffs but how exactly is that actually helping. All the different nations will just do the same but they will target the people who voted for Trump like China. Every government has Tariffs even the US. He was suppose to negotiate first then if those do not go well, start to go this route but starting with a threat then thinking other nations are going to come to the table and make deals is not going to end well. No nation including the US will allow themselves to be pressured by threats to make a deal. Instead, those other nations will strike back and wait. They can easily see how the next election goes or even wait 6 years until Trump is out. What Trump believe is that these nations will suddenly cave in but most of this stuff takes years to negotiate so they already know they can sit and play the game for as long as he is in office.
Its not comedic genius what it is total ignorance. He has never govern and he has no political experience. He goes to a summit and states he isn't going prepared and then gets his butt handed to him. How many times can he continue to not prepare, study and just do his damn job without using his gut. There is nothing smart about his approach and there hasn't been as a business man. He loves to gamble but the stakes are a lot higher and the cost a lot deeper when you playing with millions of people lives instead of a business you can go bankrupt on using other people money.