In the end what we had was the Art of the Schlemiel. It’s a Yiddish word — a New Yorkism — which President Trump may know. It means a foolish person, in this case a president who accepts the North Korean leader’s invitation to a summit meeting with no preparation but a touching belief in his own negotiating brilliance. That summit is now off.
"Trump’s Foolish Conviction on North Korea" is from the May 24, 2018 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by Richard Cohen and narrated by Sam Scholl.