Foreign Policy

“South Korea will not trust whatever Trump says”

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

We've already pondered how the North Koreans will react to Trump's lie that the USS Carl Vinson carrier strike group was headed to Korean waters when it was actually sailing into the Indian Ocean, but what about the South Koreans?

The candidate for South Korea's ruling party, who could replace disgraced President Park Geun-hye, says South Korea may not be able to trust anything Trump says.

The curious case of Trump’s misplaced carrier prompted derision on both sides of the Pacific. U.S. critics lamented the inability of the American public to trust the president, or his administration, even on critical issues pertaining to national security. “The lesson is that even with Trump in the White House, people still tend to trust what the government says,” Pulitzer Prize-winning military expert Tom Ricks said. “But Trump is doing his best to change that.” South Korean presidential candidate Hong Joon-pyo was more blunt, telling The Wall Street Journal that “If that was a lie, then during Trump’s term, South Korea will not trust whatever Trump says.”​

Meanwhile...

It's true, the USS Carl Vinson is now headed toward the Korean peninsula, more than a week after Trump said it was headed there. The families of those serving aboard were just informed yesterday that their deployment will be extended by 30 days.

This development raises more questions for me.

Is the Carl Vinson carrier strike group being dispatched to Korean waters just to save face? Is their deployment being extended just to make good on Trump's "armada" talk? It's a fair question given that it wouldn't even be the first time the Trump regime has tried to retroactively justify or corroborate things Trump says.

One of the biggest risks of the Trump era is not just that our enemies will no longer take us seriously; it's that our allies won't either. And who could fault them if they don't? Who could possibly fault our closest allies if they conclude that Trump is a rogue moron?

  • Being unpredictable is great if you’re playing a game of Risk, but when dealing withe real world and real fucking nuclear bombs it ain’t. Just goes to show you how stupid some of his voters are.

  • Badgerite

    “Armada”? He used the term armada. Which of course is Spanish and was attached to the Spanish Armada (technically translated as ‘armed’) or navy which was defeated by the English and marked the end of the Spanish dominance of the seas.
    God. He can’t even boast without sounding like an ignorant ass.

  • ninjaf

    Just look at how easily he has been played over Bannon. All it took was the media to portray Bannon as the “real” president and ~voila!~ Bannon is no longer on the closest inner circle. (Not that that is a bad thing!)

  • KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker

    The entire world doesn’t trust whatever brain fart comes out of the orange lunatic’s pie hole. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f9f80740731dc871909fb973067e157b8d04a4edb444813554face53c7e11742.png

  • 1933john

    It must have been “Wrong Way Obama”
    that gave the Sailing Order! – Fucks News

  • Georgie
  • muselet

    I could swear there a candidate for president last year who insisted the Obama administration had lost the confidence and respect of our allies.

    What was his name? It’s right on the tip of my tongue ….

    –alopecia

    • ninjaf

      One more example of Republican projection. Whatever they are accusing others of doing, you can bet that they are doing/will do it themselves.

  • ninjaf

    The analysis of the “First 100 Days” for this administration has to include damage done, not just so-called accomplishments.

    This is NOT NORMAL.