Earlier this week Palmer Report pointed out that something was in the process of going very wrong with Donald Trump’s deal with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The White House Deputy Chief of Staff who played a key role in the Trump-Kim summit was abruptly resigning, and the congressional briefing on the deal had been abruptly canceled. Now Trump is formally admitting that he blew it with North Korea.
Just ten days ago Trump posted this tweet, insisting that he had succeeded in convincing Kim Jong Un to give up his nuclear weapons, and that North Korea was no longer a threat to anyone: “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!” Now his story is changing entirely.
Yesterday Trump sent a message to Congress, stating that North Korea poses “an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States” due to the “existence and risk of proliferation of weapons-usable fissile material on the Korean Peninsula and the actions and policies of the Government of North Korea.” In the process, Trump announced that he was renewing sanctions against North Korea.
In other words, Donald Trump is flat out admitting that his deal with Kim Jong Un has done nothing with regard to North Korean denuclearization. Of course we already knew that, because Trump’s deal didn’t require Kim to do anything at all. But now even Trump is acknowledging that his summit was a farce that accomplished zero. He’s just hoping no one will notice, now that he’s holding immigrant kids hostage in cages.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report