North Korea

“Great success”

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Whatever your expectations are for Trump's second meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, you can probably set them lower because the White House certainly has.

Responding to various reports and opinions that their second meeting will be a waste of time at best, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said just sitting down is a "great success."

“The President’s in no hurry, particularly as long as things continue to move forward in a positive manner and as long as the conversations continue to go well,” Sanders told the hosts of “Fox and Friends” Friday. “He has had great success here in the fact they were able to even sit down at the table.

If success is defined at just sitting down to talk, even if those talks lead to nothing, then Kim Jong-un has already won. He already has what he wants: the legitimacy of a global platform without sacrificing anything for it.

Sanders also said the nebulous "media" is attacking Trump because he's accomplished so much by sitting down at a table.

“I think that the only one setting high expectations is probably the media because they’re looking for reasons to attack this president,” Sanders told Fox News on Friday. “They hate the idea that he’s done so well on something his predecessors couldn’t do anything on.”

I said going to say Trump hasn't done anything, but that wouldn't be accurate.

Trump has done much for Kim Jong-un. Trump's frequent praise and "love" for Kim Jong-un has improved his international standing and afforded him more opportunities to travel abroad and smile for the cameras than his predecessors enjoyed. And he hasn't had to give up anything substantive for it.

Trump's boisterous and false claims that North Korea has already begun the process of disarming has allowed Russia and China to slowly ease sanctions and even given Russia a political opportunity to offer nuclear power to the North.

Every time I think about this I recall the Republican vilification of President Obama for negotiating a substantive and peaceful nuclear deal with Iran only to see Trump walk away from that deal and give a political hand-job to Kim Jong-un; a dictator of a rogue state that actually has nuclear weapons.

  • muselet

    Translation of Sarah Huckabee Sanders’s statment into English from the original weaselspeak:

    “We’re not concerned about anything substantive coming from this meeting. The accomplishment is in arranging a meeting in the first place. We have to book hotel rooms, arrange for deliveries of McDonald’s and KFC, get FAA approval to carry three pallets of AquaNet on Air Force One, set up a hotline to Moscow, all that sort of stuff. It’s exhausting.”

    I sometimes wonder if anyone in the Trump administration has any idea how utterly ridiculous they make themselves look (no).

    –alopecia

  • Draxiar

    That last paragraph really is the nuts and bolts of it. Absolutely everything Agent Orange does is about his ego. He really is a simple creature.

  • katanahamon

    Why can’t we get “the media” to educate the redhats to the fact that previous presidents weren’t willing to give NK any legitimacy, and that Rump the Chump is getting conned? Oh, yeah..media doesn’t care. They’re busy promoting Schultz and Bernie Sanders to ensure the upcoming election is as nebulous and confusing as possible. How’s about “the media” reporting how many Rump the Chump appointees have been jailed, indicted, or resigned? Or how many investigations Rump the Chump is the focus of? Oh bleh..the manuretiae is just too much..guess we all just need a break. Maybe Roger Stone will post something stupid and we can look forward to him getting arrested and tossed in jail where he so desperately belongs.

    • mnpollio

      What do you expect from a media that has offered over-the-top wall-to-wall coverage of little known actor Jossie Smullett staging his own assault for attention so that the Trumpers can now use him as a blanket excuse to dismiss every assault on a minority ever, but concurrently has practically nothing to say about the white nationalist terrorist Coast Guard dude who was amassing an arsenal and a hit list of prominent Democrats and liberals to assassinate? The sad part is that they do not even comprehend that their priorities are screwed up.

      • katanahamon

        Yep. It’s just so infuriating that the right used to lie, obfuscate, just plain “make shit up” about President Obama, yet Rump the Chump is actually guilty of all this stuff and he lies, and lies every..single..day.. with zero, absolutely zero pushback or consequences. Hypocrisy doesn’t even come close to describing the situation. I firmly believe the only thing that can even attempt to start to bring a sense of justice, or even normality will be the successful prosecution and incarceration of Rump the Chump. And his kids, and anyone else surrounding him that has yet to be indicted, plus the ones that have faded from view, like Devin Nunes..