In a tweet on Tuesday, President Trump gave Americans a brief update on where things stand with North Korea in the post-Summit landscape.
“Many good conversations with North Korea – it is going well!” he wrote. “In the meantime, no rocket launches or nuclear testing in 8 months. All of Asia is thrilled. Only the Opposition Party, which includes the Fake News, is complaining. If not for me, we would now be at War with North Korea!”
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told the media on Monday that the administration was still moving forward with negotiations despite reports that show the North Koreans moving ahead with their nuclear programs.
“We aren’t going to confirm or deny any intelligence reports. What I can tell you is that we’re continuing to make progress,” she said. “Ambassador Kim had a meeting just yesterday with members of the North Korean delegation. And Secretary Pompeo will be headed to North Korea later this week.”
Okay, so let’s talk about this. Particularly, let’s talk about the media’s portrayal of this, which has been so one-sided and biased that it’s clear the left wants Trump to fail when it comes to North Korea. Like, fail spectacularly. We would go as far as to say that there are people within the Opposition Party (a Bannon term that could not be more accurate) who would rather see Kim Jong Un land a nuclear strike on the mainland United States than to see Trump succeed in getting them to denuclearize. We realize what a ghastly thing that is to say, but search your feelings: You know it to be true.
Just read a bit of this New York Times story from Thursday:
When the North Koreans were shooting off missile tests and detonating new, more powerful atomic bombs last year, President Trump responded with threats of “fire and fury” and ordered the military to come up with new, if highly risky, pre-emptive strike options.
But since the one-day summit meeting last month in Singapore, Mr. Trump has done an about-face, while the North’s nuclear program has continued. “Many good conversations with North Korea-it is going well!” he wrote Tuesday morning on Twitter.
Even the recent revelations of seemingly modest North Korean progress on missile technology and the production of nuclear fuel — including continued work on a new nuclear reactor that can produce plutonium — have not dimmed Mr. Trump’s enthusiasm. He argues that they mean little compared to the new tone of conversations, and that even though North Korea has not disassembled a single weapon, his mission should be judged a success.
It is that jarring reversal of tone that has led Mr. Trump’s critics to argue that he was taken in by Kim Jong-un, the North’s 34-year-old leader.
Look, we don’t deny that it’s troubling to see the North Koreans continuing to expand their nuclear facilities, and we certainly don’t deny the possibility that Kim Jong Un is just playing games. Here’s the thing: Trump isn’t a fool. He knows that there is a decent chance that all of this will come to nothing in the end. That still doesn’t change the fact that it’s a strategy worth trying. It doesn’t change the fact that he’s come closer than any previous president to achieving true peace in the region.
Will it work? We’ll have to wait and find out. But when the left is suddenly pretending as though the “fire and fury” rhetoric (which they HATED at the time) was better than where we are now just shows you that Trump cannot win in their eyes. No matter what, he’s already failed.