Courtesy of ABC News:
North Korea will denuclearize, President Trump declared in an exclusive interview with ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos just hours after intense and historic negotiations with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Stephanopoulos asked how Trump could trust the brutal dictator.
“I do trust him, yeah,” Trump said. “Maybe in a year you’ll be interviewing and I’ll say I made a mistake. It’s possible. We’re dealing at a high level, a lot of things can change a lot of things are possible.”
He pressed the president on his previous criticism of North Korea’s human rights abuses including starving his people, running labor camps and assassinating members of his own family.
“George, I’m given what I’m given,” Trump said. “This is what we have, this is where we are, and I can only tell you from my experience, and I’ve met him, I’ve spoken with him. I’ve met him. And this is, this has started early and it’s been very intense. I think that he really wants to do a great job for North Korea. I think he wants to de-nuke, without that, there’s nothing to discuss. It was on the table from the beginning, and you see a total denuclearization of North Korea – so important.”
Trump talked about the agreements that were reached at the summit in Singapore today, saying that he believes the North Korean leader “wants to do the right thing”.
“We have the framework for getting ready to denuclearize,” Trump said. “He’s de-nuking the whole place. I think he’s going to start now.”
Trump seemed to hold an optimistic take on Kim’s intentions, saying that the dictator “really wants to do something I think terrific for their country.”
So to be clear Trump TRUSTS the man who starved and murdered his own people, and did NOT trust the longtime American allies that gathered for the G7.
It should also be pointed out that in the past North Korea has actually signed on to much more comprehensive agreements than this, and then reneged on the whole thing.
In the meantime, Kim Jong Un has scored a public relations coup that will pay huge dividends back at home and with his neighbors in South Korea. Not to mention how it will play in China.
Unlike some folks I do not have a whole lot of hope that anything of value to the United States was accomplished here, however, I hope that I am wrong about that.
P.S. I really doubt I am wrong about that.
Update: Apparently Trump’s comments about his deal with Kim Jong Un has confused the shit out of the Pentagon.
Courtesy of Raw Story:
President Donald Trump seemed to suggest that he would be suspending all joint military exercises between the United States and South Korea early on Tuesday — much to the surprise of both countries’ militaries.
CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr told the network on Tuesday that the Department of Defense at the moment isn’t sure what its orders are right now with regards to joint military exercises in South Korea.
“Here at the Pentagon, what they’re telling us is, they will be in line with as soon as they figure out what, exactly, he’s talking about,” she said. “He gave very broad language. So let’s step back a minute. There are, on a steady state, about 28,000 U.S. troops in South Korea. But they are there solely for the defense of South Korea. And these training exercises — the president calls them ‘war games’ — are for the defense of South Korea.”
Starr went on to note that there’s a joint military exercise between the two countries that is scheduled for August, which she noted is just a few weeks away.
“So what the Pentagon has to figure out is, what does the president really want to happen?” she asked. “Does he want an immediate, total cessation, no more training exercises? What will those 28,000 troops in South Korea do now?”
Trump’s not exactly a detail oriented person now, is he?