[Ed. – I would typically say the same, and I’m not saying it’s a GOOD negotiating tactic. But it’s important not to keep doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. The main practitioners of that bad habit right now are people — like McCain — who refuse to see that outcomes with Trump are regularly different from what we would ordinarily predict. I suspect the “Impossible Trump” things are going to keep happening until enough of us admit we don’t know everything.]
GOP Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) blasted the Trump administration’s decision to halt military exercises with South Korea as part of the ongoing negotiations with North Korea.
“Suspending U.S.-South Korea joint military exercises is a mistake. Making unnecessary and unreciprocated concessions is not in our interests—and it is a bad negotiating tactic,” McCain said in a statement on Thursday.
Trump announced after his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that the United States will stop “war games” with South Korea “unless and until” negotiations with the North go poorly.
Agence France-Presse reported on Thursday that the Pentagon had “suspended indefinitely” large-scale military exercises with South Korea.