Wednesday, April 17, 2019

What did Donald Trump do today?

He was acknowledged in two different ways for how he's dealt with North Korea.

Today, Trump was named one of Time magazine's "Most Influential People" for 2019. The citation, written by his sometime ally Chris Christie, praised Trump's "history-making changes on the Korean Peninsula."

Trump has long been obsessed with Time. He has commissioned fake Time covers praising him for display in his luxury resorts. He has claimed to be the person most often put on the cover, which isn't even close to the truth. This past year, when it became clear he would not be named its "Person of the Year," he tweeted that he was "PROBABLY" going to be chosen again, but that he turned it down. (It doesn't work that way.)  

Also today, North Korea announced that it has tested a "new tactical guided weapon," likely a short-range missile for use with its nuclear stockpile. 

Because he had already declared victory on North Korea before even meeting with its dictator Kim Jong-un, Trump has had little choice but to ignore its suddenly accelerated missile development. Typically, as he did in a speech on Monday, he simply pretends that it isn't happening anymore.

And North Korea, that's moving along. You know, when I came in, we were -- there were missiles going all over the place. ...But I have a very good relationship with Kim Jong-un.
Trump's administration has not yet acknowledged the North Korean announcement.

So what?

  • Problems don't go away just because you can't or won't deal with them.
  • A president who can't or won't respond to provocations by nuclear-armed dictators isn't capable of doing the job.
  • People who desperately need praise and attention, and who react badly when they don't get it, may have serious mental health issues.