Just like another great Republican president before him, Ronald Reagan, U.S. President Donald ‎Trump arrived in Singapore to meet with North Korean ‎leader Kim Jong-Un and managed to get the maximum ‎while giving the minimum.‎

In the 1980s, the Soviet Union was the designated ‎‎“evil empire.” Reagan‎, the B-movie actor whose ‎abilities were often underestimated by his rivals, ‎met with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in ‎Reykjavik, Iceland, in 1985 in a move that led to ‎the near-voluntary dissolution of the Soviet empire.‎

On Monday, it was Trump’s turn to make a similar ‎move vis-à-vis the Asian evil empire. Even before ‎the summit, Kim has already agreed to the ‎denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, said he ‎was willing to shelve the development of ‎intercontinental ballistic missiles and freed three ‎American prisoners. What did the United States offer ‎in return? It wouldn’t even discuss lifting the ‎sanctions imposed on the north. ‎

Long live the difference between the U.S. talks with ‎North Korea and its negotiations with Iran; the ‎difference between a superpower and a regular ‎country and, in other words, the difference between ‎former U.S. President Barack Obama and Trump.‎

The Trump era began as soon as he took office in ‎January 2017, but the new world order became a ‎reality on June 12, 2018—a historic date our ‎grandchildren will one day learn about. ‎

The Singapore summit demonstrated, again, that the ‎‎45th president of the United States should not be ‎underestimated, even if for some it means eating ‎crow. Contrary to his critics’ claims and ‎predictions, Trump’s America has resumed its ‎position as the world’s leader. Gone are the days of ‎the Obama-style “leading from behind,” as seen in ‎the wars in Libya and Syria; enter the era of ‎charging from the front, from the cockpit, all while ‎considering the ramifications on the ground. ‎

The Trump doctrine also means that the United States does not fret ‎over what other Western leaders, such as the members of the ‎G-7 summit, think, especially if their plans do not ‎correspond with the interests of the current ‎administration. ‎

On Tuesday, Trump proved to the world that resolute ‎foreign policy pays off, and that when one has no ‎choice, one must exercise force because that is the ‎way of the world, and at times, the only way to earn ‎an adversary’s respect. ‎

As president, Trump is cut from a different cloth. ‎True, he is not a conformist, nor does he meet ‎conventional political-science definitions, but ‎perhaps that’s a good thing. Academia today teaches ‎us that man is inherently good and the media is all ‎about peace-loving ideas, but reality does not obey ‎the dictates of the sages in the ivory tower. The ‎global arena is cold and there are hostile regimes ‎out there. As Trump so directly puts it, “Some ‎people are very, very bad.”

The Singapore summit and the agreement outlined with ‎North Korea have presented the world—and supporters of Obama—with an image of how a nuclear agreement should be ‎crafted. While Obama’s approach to Tehran was based ‎on obsequious appeasement, which was taken as a sign ‎of weakness, Trump approached the summit from a ‎clear position of strength. Obama had set out to ‎lift the sanctions imposed on Iran, while Trump made ‎sure to keep them in place as the proverbial sword ‎‎swinging above North Korea’s head.‎

But what about human rights in North Korea, my ‎colleagues cry out. What about human rights in Iran? ‎They were abandoned by Obama. He ignored the Green ‎Movement, whose members sacrificed themselves in ‎June 2009 for the freedom of the Iranian people, all ‎while resuming nuclear talks with the ayatollahs’ ‎regime that same October. ‎

Speaking of which, what about human rights in the ‎Gaza Strip for those who believe the time has come ‎to negotiate with Hamas? Or the human rights of our ‎Palestinian neighbors? Where were the critics when ‎Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat was awarded the ‎Nobel Peace Prize in 1994? The hypocrisy knows no bounds.

It is therefore OK to ignore the Israeli media’s ‎headlines stating “there is nothing to celebrate.” ‎There is something to celebrate: The free world has ‎a leader, who happened also to recognize Jerusalem ‎as the Israeli capital and move his country’s ‎embassy there.‎

One last thing: There is no need to hold a ceremony ‎in Oslo. The Nobel Peace Prize committee should just ‎ask Obama to hand over the prize to his successor.

Boaz Bismuth is editor-in-chief of Israel Hayom, where this column was originally published. JNS has exclusive distribution rights for Israel Hayoms English-language content.