US/North Korea Summit: What we did see is as interesting as what we didn’t see!
What follows is my quick analysis of the meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un
Trump put himself in the host position extending his hand first, as they walked toward each other.
Kim grins and shows surprise like he’s meeting a movie star.
But both are quick to return to stern looks once they face the camera.
Trump touches Kim 6 times before they go into the meeting room—all of these show he wants to be in control: He touches Kim’s upper arm during the handshake, touches his back, pats his arm and guides him into the meeting room.
We only saw Kim touch Trump’s arm once, as if he was given permission to do so since Trump touched him so much.
What we didn’t see is Trump’s signature thumbs up or smile-Did he finally take some direction in his protocol? We also didn’t see Trump jockey to get the power position so he could have the back of his hand to the camera as we watched them shake.
But what about the business meeting between Trump and Kim?
Once in the meeting room, we saw Trump sitting legs wide apart with his hands in a power steeple -showing extreme confidence.
We even saw a crooked smile from Trump which shows contempt or moral superiority.
Kim’s posture, leaning on his chair showed he was trying to own his space, but with his hands folded neatly in front of him negated any control he was trying to display.
Both were showing signs of impatience, likely wanting reporters out of the room so they could get down to business.