A column appearing in the New York Times in 1984 has resurfaced, in which it discusses real estate mogul Donald Trump’s uncanny ability to engage in successful negotiations and even openly wonders if he might one day disarm hostile countries as President of the United States.

It’s funny since the Times has now morphed into thinking the once brilliant negotiator is an incompetent clown.

Reality dictates otherwise, with the President engaged in talks to disarm North Korea and bring peace – a once unimaginable concept – to the Korean peninsula.

In the lengthy Times article, Trump is hailed repeatedly by friends and business rivals alike as a master negotiator.

“Our company has given up trying to negotiate costs with him,” the head of a construction company explains. “We just say: ‘Tell us what you want, you’re going to get it anyway.’”

The column then shifts to how this ability might translate on the biggest stage – negotiating with hostile countries as leader of the free world. The country they bring up at that time is Syria, but the task at hand remains the same, and the Times clearly believes he has the ability to become the negotiator-in-chief.

 

“What does it all mean when some wacko over in Syria can end the world with nuclear weapons?” Trump asked when talking about his future plans.

The column continues:

His greatest dream is to personally do something about the problem and, characteristically, Donald Trump thinks he has an answer to nuclear armament: Let him negotiate arms agreements – he who can talk people into selling $100 million properties to him for $13 million. Negotiations is an art, he says and I have a gift for it.

Does he ever.

 

While some believed that these were the dreams and optimism of a naive Trump, the newspaper surmises that “through years of making his views known and through supporting candidates who share his views, it could someday happen.”

Fortunately, it did happen. And the United States, along with the rest of the world, is a better place for it.

President Trump has since been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize following a summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un.

Trump has “taken a huge and important step in the direction of the disarmament, peace and reconciliation between North and South Korea,” Norwegian lawmakers wrote in their nomination letter.

Who would have thought that the New York Times of all places called it 34 years ago?

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