So what do you get when a sitting U.S. president decides to travel abroad, in order to give legitimacy to the tyrannical leader of a rogue nation, laden with horrific human rights violations and nuclear ambitions?
In the case of President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, you get photo ops, months worth of insane talking points to dissect and work through, and propaganda… so much propaganda from both sides.
What happened in Singapore this week was unprecedented, but don’t get caught up in the word. I’m finding far too many who hear that word, “unprecedented” and get the warm fuzzies about what Trump has done.
It’s not necessarily a good word.
North Korea’s state-controlled media (kind of like Fox News, here) is trumpeting the news that after meeting with “Dear Leader” Kim, our wishy-washy President Trump has agreed to lift sanctions against the country.
Both leaders signed an agreement committing the United States to unspecified “security guarantees” in exchange for denuclearization in the Korean Peninsula.
Trump reportedly offered to lift sanctions on the cash-strapped country in addition to those security guarantees, according to Reuters.
North Korea’s KCNA news agency cites Trump making the pledge to lift the economic barriers after saying the U.S. would end joint military exercises with South Korea.
We don’t really have any assurances of anything, from North Korea. The “Great Negotiator” went in and offered Kim the world, including some big, beautiful hotels for their coast, and got nothing in return.
This is not a new thing for North Korea. Their history is that of playing the role they feel the world is expecting of them, long enough to draw some concessions from a U.S. president, then they snatch the football away.
You should not expect the normal diplomatic measures to work with a nation that is run by a family dynasty. Of that dynasty, the family has appointed themselves as gods, and are worshipped that way by the people, under the threat of pain.There’s a reason Christians are imprisoned and North Korea has sat at the very top of the World Watch List for nations that experience high or extreme Christian persecution for so long.
President Trump sought no good faith relief for those suffering human rights abuses under the Kim regime.
What Trump did was pat himself on the back for the three recently released American prisoners. He forgets that Otto Warmbier was returned from his torturous stay there as a shell.
“Otto Warmbier did not die in vain” was what Trump said on Tuesday to the press.
Didn’t he? Nothing measurable was achieved for the United States, nor for peace at that summit.
The document signed during the summit did not provide any specific details regarding a timeline or nature of North Korea’s denuclearization.
“I think both sides are going to be impressed with the result,” Trump told reporters on Tuesday. “We’re going to take care of a very big and very dangerous problem for the world.”
Lip service. Bread and circuses.
Of course, Trump is claiming this as a great victory, with absolutely no proof.
Just landed – a long trip, but everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office. There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea. Meeting with Kim Jong Un was an interesting and very positive experience. North Korea has great potential for the future!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 13, 2018
No longer a nuclear threat.
I can’t even begin to express just how foolish this is. If history has shown us anything, it is that North Korea is the kind of nation you do not turn your back on, yet, Trump feels that a twenty minute sit-down is enough to undo decades of evidence.
This road he has taken the American people down will not end at a good place.