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Trump Went to Summit Asking for Nothing and That’s What He Got

All the slavish, 2020 preparations to make for glorious benefit of Lord Trump, by both his devoted base and the clingers of the pundit set stink just a little worse, this morning.

While Trump’s former attorney (fixer), Michael Cohen aired all his dirty laundry before Congress and the world on Wednesday, the president was in Vietnam with North Korean dictator, Kim Jong Un, sucking at being a negotiator.

The first bit of news from the Trump-Kim Summit II was that – as I predicted – Trump was going into the talks with the bloody communist tyrant looking for nothing substantial.

The reports coming out on Wednesday were that the U.S. would no longer expect the rogue regime to give an accounting of their nuclear weapons program.

From NBC:

The decision to drop, for now, a significant component of a potential nuclear deal suggests a reality that U.S. intelligence assessments have stressed for months in shaping talks as they progress: North Korea does not intend to fully denuclearize, which is the goal Trump set for his talks with Kim.

Go in expecting nothing, come out with nothing, then call it a win.

In recent months researchers have discovered that North Korea has as many as 20 undisclosed ballistic missile sites, according to Beyond Parallel, a project sponsored by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a defense think tank. One of the sites is the Sino-ri Missile Base about 130 miles north of the demilitarized zone between North Korea and South Korea, where about 28,000 U.S. troops are stationed.

What Kim wants is sanctions relief, and there has been some murmurings from the administration that perhaps that could be a thing they explored.

To be fair, many were afraid Trump would balk at Cohen’s testimony and attempt to draw attention away by giving up the farm to Kim, by way of sanctions relief, removing U.S. troops from South Korea, or a number of other concessions that would surely set the media ablaze.

He did none of those things, and the word today is that the summit has been cut short, after the two sides reached a stalemate, regarding sanctions relief.

While many of us now feel comfortable enough to exhale, however, with Donald Trump,  there is always another shoe to drop.

Let’s take a step away from Vietnam and back to Helsinki, shall we?

Specifically, let’s remember the president of the United States standing beside another dictator, Russian President Vladimir Putin, after having a private huddle, throwing his own intelligence community under the bus, and delivering the Putin-approved line about Russian interference in the 2016 election, as the world watched.

It was shameful.

Now, back to the present, and that same U.S. president, Donald Trump, being questioned about North Korea’s human rights abuses, and the death of American student, Otto Warmbier.

Warmbier was returned to the United States in June 2017, after being held in a North Korean prison for a year.

His crime?

He took a propaganda poster off a wall.

When he was returned, he was in a vegetative state, brain damaged, and died days later.

On Thursday, Trump capped off the end of the summit by, once again, siding with a dictator.

Kim, according to Trump, denied knowing anything about Warmbier’s treatment, and Trump believes him.

“He felt badly about it. He felt very badly,” Trump said at a news conference after his second summit with Kim, after saying they discussed the matter privately. “He tells me that he didn’t know about it and I will take him at his word.”

The Kim family have full control over the torturous prison camps in their nation. Human rights activists have long called out the abuses of the North Korean citizens captured and held in them.

In fact, a reporter attempted to ask Kim if he would be discussing his nation’s abominable human rights record, only to have Trump interrupt and say they were talking about “everything.”

Trump said he believed Kim’s denial in part because it would not be in Kim’s interest for Warmbier to wind up in a coma as he did during his imprisonment in North Korea.

“I don’t think that the top leadership knew about it,” Trump added. “I don’t believe that he (Kim) would have allowed that to happen.”

He ordered the murder of his own uncle, and reportedly his aunt.

He had the Minister of Education for North Korea executed by firing squad for having a “bad attitude.”

He reportedly had another official executed by flame thrower.

Somebody should inform Trump – who praised Kim earlier for being a “rich kid” who had remained unspoiled by his upbringing of privilege.

So the one good thing Trump did, which was to walk away from any further negotiations with the rogue nation, is a relief. It could have been so much worse.

His incessant praise and defense of dictators, however, is a stain. And a disgrace.

He didn’t stop a problem. He simply delayed it for a little longer.

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