G-7 minus one: How the sheep are abandoning the shepherd

Mr Donald Trump is about to make history by shaking hands with an adversary. Indeed, he will greet six of them at the same time. No breakthrough is likely.

Following the G-7 summit, Mr Trump will fly to Singapore to meet Kim Jong Un. Expect a triumph. Peace will be declared on the Korean peninsula. Those who think I am joking should mute the sound and study the body language. Then decide for yourselves whose company Mr Trump prefers - America's partners, or the most lethal autocrat on the planet. You can guess what a visiting Martian would say.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 07, 2018, with the headline 'G-7 minus one: How the sheep are abandoning the shepherd'. Print Edition | Subscribe