Foreign Policy

“Let it be whatever it is”

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Given that they "fell in love," we could infer that Trump does not care about the brutal human rights atrocities of North Korea and Kim Jong-un himself who has assassinated and executed members of his own family, but Trump made that crystal clear during an appearance on 60 Minutes last night.


STAHL: [Kim Jong-un] presides over a cruel kingdom of repression, gulags, starvation. Reports that he had his half-brother assassinated. Slave labor, public executions. This is a guy you love?

TRUMP: I know all these things. I mean -- I'm not a baby. I know all these things.

STAHL: I know, but why do you love that guy?

TRUMP: Look, look. I get along with him, okay?

STAHL: You said you love him.

Trump: Okay. That's just a figure of speech.

STAHL: No, it's like an embrace.

TRUMP: Well, let it be an embrace. Let it be whatever it is to get the job done.

STAHL: He's a bad guy.

TRUMP: Look, let it be whatever it is. I get along with him really well. I have a good energy with him. I have a good chemistry with him.

That's the president of the United States hand-waving half a century of crimes against humanity because he has "good chemistry" with the current leader of North Korea; a man who has easily played Trump from the very beginning.

You know, Trump's happy talk has already led Russia and China to conclude that they no longer need to enforce sanctions on North Korea regarding their nuclear weapons program, but Trump is close to giving the world reasons not to enforce sanctions for any other reason.

I'm not one of those people who believes the United States should police the world, but what's happening is the United States is serving as an extremely bad example to the world. Brutal regimes could emerge in the coming years not because the United States didn't just not stop them; because Trump encouraged or emboldened them.

By the way, Trump's embrace of Kim Jong-un is not 'getting the job done,' at least not yet. North Korea has not stopped producing nuclear weapons and the country's foreign minister recently stated that they will never unilaterally disarm.

  • muselet

    Donald Trump in a nutshell:

    I get along with him really well. I have a good energy with him. I have a good chemistry with him.

    If someone, no matter how objectively terrible, is willing to stroke Donald Trump’s ego, then that person is given carte blanche.

    We’re going to be reaping this particular whirlwind for decades after Trump is out of office.

    –alopecia

  • Badgerite

    One POS to another. They have good ‘energy’. Well, of course they do. They both hate democracy and government “of the people, by the people, for the people.” trump has gone after family members, siblings, as well. If he could have, he would have probably just had them killed.
    The only ‘job’ he’s getting done is exactly what McConnell said. Altering the courts for generations. And creating a mess that will have to be cleaned up later by the rational, the sane and the principled.

  • This is basically giving carte blanche to the dictators of the world. And it’s disgusting.

  • katanahamon

    The media. The F’in media. Still normalizing a child; a nasty, demonic, terrible two’s toddler with zero real world knowledge and they prop him up and don’t berate him, beat him over the head with his own ignorance. Not “that’s the dumbest thing anyone could have said,” or…oh screw it. If ppl can’t see what’s still happening, it’s over.

  • Username1016

    He’s used to doing business with the Mafia. He has decades of experience overlooking atrocities. Is anyone surprised at his attitude? I’m sure not. (Disgusted, yes — surprised, oh hell no.)