It's true. Trump really can screw up even this simplest of tasks. Said the president early this morning, upon the coming home of three captured Americans in North Korea:
Said Victor Cha, Trump's first choice to be the U.S. ambassador to South Korea, until Trump discovered that Cha had criticized his administration, which simply is not allowed (shades of the "excellent" Kim Jong-un):
"We shouldn’t be giving the North Korean leader any humanitarian awards. I mean, he murdered a college student, a University of Virginia college student, Otto Warmbier, and there are hundreds of thousands of North Koreans that are in prison camps today, simply because they want to live in a more free and open society."
A mere "Thank you for the easing of tensions" — if that much — should have sufficed in the run-up to the U.S.-North Korea summit, which I still don't believe will come off. But with Trump, everything has to be outsized — the biggest, the best, the most excellent.
If the summit does come off, I suspect we'll be reading about a lot of inebriated White House aides. How else would they get through it?