Trump like to pretend he’s a great “deal maker,” and there are plenty of suckers who’ll go along with the sham. In reality, from his own trust fund to Casinos, Trump has destroyed everything he’s touched. Now, he’s pretending to make a “deal” with North Korean dictator. In reality, he’s putting on another reality show, giving Kim Jong Un everything he’s ever wanted while receiving nothing but unverifiable empty promises return.
Fresh from his embarrassingly childish display at the G7 meeting where he left early and called Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “very dishonest,” the Worst (so-called) President ever praised the North Korean dictator as “very smart.”
Keep in mind, in 2005 North Korea promised to abandon all nuclear weapons and programs, and return to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty – and they reneged on the promise.
Comparing the summit to the “Munich Pact” signed by Hitler, Mussolini, French premier Edouard Daladier and British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, Presidential historian Jon Meacham put the Trump-Kim summit in “historic” perspective.
Meacham told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe, “Two thoughts… just because something hasn’t happened before, doesn’t mean it’s historic.
That’s one thing… when you call something historic, it means that it has a good chance of having lasting implications, and I think it’s very unclear to my layman’s eye that this does that.
I think Richard is exactly right. If I was at China right now, I think “hey, I just had a pretty good week.” Because, these two other figures are making my life easier. The other question… and this is a direct historical point… is negotiating with nation states that have some accountability within their body politic is a different thing from negotiating with dictators.
I think if we learned anything from the 1930s, I think we learned that happy summitry, empty words… potentially empty words… and lots of flags and ceremony don’t necessarily lead to the consequences that we hope for.
And… so I think that a dose of healthy skepticism here is important. This is the kind of thing that would ordinarily cap a long process, not begin one. Perhaps… this is the right way to do it… we’ll see. But we’re not dealing with North Korea – the kind of regime where there any checks and balances or whatever inside. So we’re dealing with… and this may sound somewhat redundant… we’re dealing with a figure who thinks of himself as autonomous… who worries about his survival but, more or less wants to endure and have no accountability to his people. And I am talking about North Korea there, just to be clear.”
We’ve certainly fallen pretty far when a historian has to make sure to clarify the subject of a statement like that.
So, once again, Trump attacks our democratic allies, while getting played by the authoritarian dictators he praises.
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