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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Trump to Kim Jong Un: No summit

"Know when to walk away from the table," Donald Trump tweeted on July 27, 2011. He cited his masterpiece, "The Art of the Deal."

Today, President Trump walked away from the Singapore Summit with Kim Jong Un.

Kim Jong Un has been beligerent for the past week. I thought at first this was just the old back-and-forth, and maybe it still is.

But for now, Trump has walked away.

"Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting," Trump wrote in a letter addressed to Chairman Kim, not president.

Kim has dismantled the Mount Mantep nuclear site, so that is a positive move to make the world safer. Maybe nature or the United States already destroyed or made the facility inoperable. A tunnel collapse last September killed 200 people and damaged the nuclear program.

"North Korea held a closing ceremony afterward with officials from its nuclear arms program in attendance. The group of journalists that witnessed the demolition, which touched off landslides near the tunnel entrances and sent up clouds of smoke and dust, included an Associated Press Television crew," the Associated Press reported.

Trump got what he wanted. What is left to negotiate?

Expect a lot of monkey talk from the media. As usual. Maybe they can reminisce about Obama's summit -- with a police officer and a Harvard professor, which brought peace at last to Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Don't laugh. He earned Nobel Prize for that.

UPDATE: I will be on radio in London, England, tonight discussing this cancellation. I forget the name of show. Sorry. But it will be 11:40 PM London time so dial around till you find me.

22 comments:

  1. Obama = Eyes Wide Shut
    Trump = Eyes Wide Open
    https://goo.gl/mjfa4x

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    1. Where Obama’s got his head, don’t make no difference whether his eyes are closed or open.

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  2. So Trump still gets to keep the Nobel Peace Prize right? He's already touched all the bases and did a little dance. He so deserves it--"everybody says so". Heh! He'll need to save his dancing for more sword boogies with the Saudis. Maybe Trump can get Tony Schwartz to explain the Art of the Deal to him.

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    1. Not all of the monkey talk is from the media.

      Bucky

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  3. This summit was never going to happen and never will. I must say, good for Trump. If he was going to meet with Kim and kiss his butt, who was next MS-13?

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    1. I seriously doubt that Trump had any butt kissing planned for the summit.

      Bucky

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    2. I seriously doubt that calling Kim "very honorable" and "very open" was very smart either.

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    3. When there are prisoners returned after considerable negotiations. It is simply protocol to say some kind words about the offending nation.
      I prefer he did not, but do you prefer Obama exchanging terrorists for Berghdal and then bitching about the Taliban?
      Atleast Trump didnt offer anything in return.

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    4. Diplomacy is the art of saying "Nice doggie" until you find a rock.

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  4. The letter is masterful - our stable genius at work. Guess the liberals are wondering who wrote it.

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    1. THough he can't spell his wife's name correctly, at least he got "Kim" right.

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    2. When your wife looks like that, spelling is irrelevant.

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    3. Just so David Dennison gets the names right on a hush money checks....

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    4. To our anonymous friend Michelle "Michael" Obama is the epitome of good looks.

      And what the heck are your prattling on about Dennison. If no one gets the reference, its not funny.

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  5. Li'l Kim must figure another tantrum would get Trump to sweeten the deal.

    He'll be back.

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  6. If Rocket Man was a honest actor, this would have happened. It’s their loss. Now those first Kia and Hyundai plants are going to be delayed even further and the Nork people will have to go on eating night soil and developing 12 inch intestinal worms.

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  7. The letter is terrific. I'm sure he wrote it himself, not some soulless wonk at State. To paraphrase, the letter says "Don't make me nuke you. Because, I will."
    Kim will come back. He's already dismantled his nuke site.

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  8. Husband's assessment: Trump pulled out before Kim could pull out at the last minute--a traditional Nork tactic to get more concessions.

    My assessment: This has little or nothing to do with North Korea but is directed 100% at China. Kim's recent belligerence was directed by China to try to create pressure on Trump in the trade talks that were ongoing. Rather than punch back directly at China, Trump did exactly what China did: use North Korea as a proxy. He's telling the Chinese, "You think you can pressure me with Kim or other threats? Think again."

    But this method doesn't roil the stock markets like a more direct response would.

    I think the language of Trump's letter is consistent with my reading of the situation. He's telling Kim, "I know the Chinese made you do it. See you maybe later."

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    1. Agreed. China is pulling Little Kim's strings to try for a better trade deal with the U.S. - Elric

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  9. Kim pulled the plug himself. He knew what Trump would do if he started acting petulant. In effect he gave him a base on balls to avoid the homer he was bound to make. If T got something from Kim he would look good, if he got "nothing" he would have walked out, just like he did on Iran, and looked even better, to his base anyway. To his none base nothing he does is of interest anyway.
    Kim is in a hard place with few friends. His best option is to end up like Xi in China, running the whole economy with positive results for his people. China however might not agree with such a plan. Trump is not an appeaser. If Neville had had his balls at Munich the world would be a very different place today.

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  10. oops, too late; so I second:
    Trump pulled out before Kim could pull out at the last minute--a traditional Nork tactic to get more concessions.

    Trump got almost all the good out of Dem media press that he was going to get -- when (not if) NK pulls out at the last minute because of something X Trump did, the press would just gang up more.

    This was aimed by Trump at both Kim and China. He can make a deal, and wants to make a deal -- but he puts America First. Even before a deal.

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