Putin Takes a Page from North Korean Leader’s Playbook against Trump, Eidman Says
February 22 – Vladimir Putin’s sabre rattling in his presidential address was
intended to tempt Donald Trump into acting he has with North Korea’s Kim
Jong-un, another intractably hostile leader with whom the US president could nonetheless
demonstrate his unique peacemaking skills that are so impressive to his base, Igor
his tough talk, Putin does not have and will not acquire any wonder weapons
capable of bringing the US to its knees. Neither did or does Comrade Kim. But
both men by their threatening talk and behavior are playing to an aspect of
Trump’s personality that many ignore: the desire of the US president to do the
unexpected and present himself as unique.
North Korean dictator has succeeded beyond anything he might have expected. He
has even drawn praise from Trump who says that under Kim’s leadership, his
country will become “a great economic locomotive. He may surprise some but he
won’t surprise me because I know him and completely understand what he is
Korea will become another rocket, an economic one,” Trump has tweeted.
to Eidman, “Trump cannot but understand that he is dealing with a bold
blackmailer” in Kim’s case. But he wants to turn the tables on him by acting in
an unexpected way and showing himself to be the great peacemaker.It isn’t important to Trump that Kim
continues to pursue things that he has promised not to.
matters to the US leader, the Russian sociologist says, is that he puts himself
in a position where he appears to be acting in ways no one else would or could.
is clearly following this case closely and equally clearly, Eidman says,
calculating that he can play the same role Kim has and prompt Trump to follow
suit. In the Kremlin leader’s view, Trump would be delighted to “play the role
of peacemaker with Russia” and thus become “the savior of the US from nuclear
the Kremlin leader is probably especially impressed by the North Korean model
for yet another reason: Kim hasn’t changed his policies whatever he announces
he has agreed to with Trump. Putin almost certainly would behave in exactly the
same way and expect to get away with it, at least with this US president.