Wednesday, February 27, 2019

What did Donald Trump do today?

He declared himself "honored" to be meeting with his "friend" Kim Jong-un.

Travel to Vietnam, 14 hours ahead of D.C. time, has not altered one aspect of Trump's schedule: he has still found room for "executive time" to spend on Twitter. At 9:31 a.m. Hanoi time today, he enthused about the "AWESOME" opportunities ahead of the man he referred to as "my friend Kim Jong Un."

Trump's "friend" Kim Jong-un has, during Trump's term, tortured an American hostage until he committed suicide. He's also committed atrocities including the murder and mass imprisonment of political dissidents, the punitive rape and murder of family members of those accused of political crimes, and the use of mass starvation as a tool of political control.

The man Trump said today that he was "honored" to be meeting with also runs a slavery operation, forces women to undergo abortions against their will, and uses torture.

Kim Jong-un, with whom Trump says he "fell in love" at the Singapore summit, has used its nuclear capabilities to issue a veiled threat to the United States within the last two months.

It's at least possible that Trump's pledge of "friendship" (and even "love") is an attempt at diplomacy, and not simply his long-established admiration for dictators

But if so, Trump seems to have realized that it's not working. Trump attempted to dramatically lower expectations immediately before leaving for the summit, effectively giving his blessing to a nuclear North Korea. On Monday, Trump said, "I'm not in a rush. I don't want to rush anybody. I just don't want testing. As long as there's no testing, we're happy."

In fact, Trump has even given up on insisting that North Korea disclose how many nuclear weapons it currently has. (The Kim regime has already been caught planning to deceive any future inspections about this subject anyway.)

North Korea has stopped testing its nuclear weapons because it has developed a working design. The United States, which is also a nuclear power, has not tested its nuclear weapons since 1992.

Why should I care about this?

  • "Friendship" with a murderous totalitarian dictator who threatens the United States with nuclear weapons is not possible.