The one thing that I think both supporters and critics of the current president can agree on is that the man isn’t subtle, particularly when he thinks he’s right or when a victory lap is in order.
So, when North Korea and South Korea issued a historic statement pledging to work toward denuclearization following a historic summit at Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone, it didn’t take long for the president to say he wouldn’t repeat the mistakes his predecessors made and to criticize former administrations for not being able to get the job done when it came to putting pressure on North Korea.
According to Reuters, the president made the remarks during a joint press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday, hours after the pronouncement from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in was issued.
“It’s taken a long time — many, many decades — to get here,” Trump said of the leaders’ expressed goal of denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula. “Let’s see what happens.”
President @realDonaldTrump: "I'll be watching people that failed so badly over the last 25 years explaining to me how to make a deal with North Korea – I get a big, big kick out of that." pic.twitter.com/iIOZapYmr7
— Fox News (@FoxNews) April 28, 2018
“In pursuit of that goal, we will not repeat the mistakes of past administrations,” he continued.
“Maximum pressure will continue until denuclearization occurs.”
As for his upcoming summit with Kim Jong Un, the president said, “I look forward to our meeting. It should be quite something,”
The move comes just months after a horrified media and American political establishment told us all that President Trump’s brinksmanship with North Korea — including gifting Kim Jong Un with the sobriquet “Rocket Man” — would lead us into World War III.
Trump being Trump, he couldn’t help having a bit of fun with that.
“Things have changed very radically from a few months ago,” Trump said. “You know, the name calling and a lot of other things.
“We get a kick every once in a while out of — I’ll be watching people that failed so badly over the last 25 years explaining to me how to make a deal with North Korea,” Trump said.
“I get a big, big kick out of that.”
Donald Trump will never change. Whether you like that personality or not is a matter of personal opinion, although only the most stony-hearted anti-American apologist wouldn’t get at least a little chuckle out of that.
However, American pressure has always been crucial in determining the trajectory of the relationship between North Korea and the world. It’s under the administration of Donald Trump — the “crazy man” whose hard-line stance toward Kim Jong Un was going to lead us to nuclear winter — that had Kim finally decide to work toward a lasting peace with South Korea.
Coincidence? Unlikely. Again, say what you will about his attitude. This certainly beats “strategic patience.”
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