What Trump could learn from Nixon's meeting with Mao

President Nixon meets Mao Zedong
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President Trump reportedly decided to take an "unstructured" approach to preparation for his Tuesday summit in Singapore with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un — which is to say, he's gonna wing it. But as the president is still in transit from his hotel to the meeting as of this writing, he has time to borrow a play from former President Richard Nixon and take some crib notes.

When Nixon met with China's Mao Zedong in 1972, The New York Times notes, he went in armed with a few handwritten reminders. There were four sections on his list: What they want, what we want, what we both want, and how to treat him. All four were short and to the point, but the final section may offer the most fascinating look inside Nixon's historic diplomatic trip:

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Bonnie Kristian

Bonnie Kristian was a deputy editor and acting editor-in-chief of TheWeek.com. She is a columnist at Christianity Today and author of Untrustworthy: The Knowledge Crisis Breaking Our Brains, Polluting Our Politics, and Corrupting Christian Community (forthcoming 2022) and A Flexible Faith: Rethinking What It Means to Follow Jesus Today (2018). Her writing has also appeared at Time Magazine, CNN, USA Today, Newsweek, the Los Angeles Times, and The American Conservative, among other outlets.