North Korea

Trump Will Give Up Everything in Exchange For Nothing

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un finally met face to face last night and the whole spectacle transpired more or less how you probably expected it would.

Trump exchanged pleasantries with the leader famous for assassinating his own family with chemical weapons and then they signed a vague agreement that commits the United States to serious concession while Kim Jong-un walks away with his nuclear weapons.

From the Washington Post:

Yet despite the bonhomie, the agreement, just over a page long, was perhaps most notable for its lack of details. Kim made no specific commitment to relinquish his nuclear arms and ballistic missiles or a timeline in which he would do so. Rather, he committed solely to abiding by a mostly symbolic agreement he had made during a summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in in April. [...]

Asked why his negotiating team had failed to lock down specific promises from Pyongyang, Trump protested: “Because there’s no time. I’m here one day . . . But the process is now going to take place.”

As part of their agreement, Trump has pledged to stop holding joint military exercises with South Korean forces. Trump also expressed a vague desire to withdraw American forces from South Korea entirely.

Kim Jong Un made no specific concessions.

And there's this:

I'm sure Trump is going to open a hotel in North Korea when he's out of office, so maybe he didn't get "nothing."

  • Michael B. Conway

    It is staggering to me that the Senate is not in open revolt about this. Then I remember that the GOP is Pure Evil.

  • Victor the Crab

    But, but, what about the burger joint that was promised?

  • Badgerite

    Bernie Sanders reaction is predictable. But he isn’t the one who has to live next to Kim’s slave camps. How is this promising? trump has promised to remove American forces from the Korean Peninsula while Kim talks about de-nuclearization. For the’ whole world’. Which of course, is not going to happen any time soon. trump has canceled military exercises vital to maintaining force preparation and coordination in the event of a North Korean assault. With not even a commitment for anything from Kim. Apparently he has promised a total withdrawal of US forces in the future. He did not consult the leaders of South Korea. They have been conspicuously left out of any ‘deals’. That is a rather clear message to them. And it isn’t positive. trump is seeing what he can get away with here. If he can, he will literally surrender our allies and their future to the brutality of the regime in the North. It isn’t as if he sees the methods of control in North Korea, the murderous abuses of the people who live there as a problem. He doesn’t. Obviously. So those are clearly ‘conservative values’ these days.
    Why even bother to celebrate D day and what was achieved?

  • katanahamon

    “Wow, Rump was amazing! He really showed what a real deal maker can do, not like Obummer who couldn’t even move the ball.” Actual quote from a comment I saw elsewhere. The brainwashing of the dullards is complete.

    • muselet



    • Georgie

      Breitbarf? I wander over there from time to time, the comments are staggeringly paranoid, racist and just plain moronic. They wouldn’t know a fact if it stabbed them in the face.

  • Badgerite

    That wasn’t a ‘peace’ summit. That was a surrender. Part of the con is calling it something it is not. trump is acting to further the long term interests of China in the region and Russia and authoritarians everywhere in the world.

  • Aynwrong

    For eight years we all endured the endless pissing, bitching and moaning of one Republican after another about Obama “failing to lead, abandoning our allies, emboldening our enemies blah, blah, blah” just to watch this absurd display as a cap off to Trump undoing decades of alliances and economic progress all in the name of paying off a Russian dictator and confirming the ridiculous fantasy of jack ass Trump voters that he’s “shaking things up” while R’s made excuses or stuck their heads in the sand.

    The Republican party despises the USA to it’s core.

    • Badgerite

      Exactly. Anyone who thought this crowd was going to give them better anything let alone better healthcare or jobs is nuts. Roseanne’s bullshit was absolute bullshit. The only way trump makes sense is white backlash. And the gop figures they can use bigotry to their advantage in terms of grasping tightly to power. No values. Just power.
      Putin wants trump in office to surrender everything America has ever been about. And he is doing just exactly that.
      The gop is helping.

  • Badgerite

    One thing you can be sure of, any ‘beach side condos’ in North Korea will be strictly limited in who gets to go there and when. North Korea makes Cuba look like a bastion of liberty.
    This is literally surrender and abandonment of a vibrant, living breathing democracy in favor of a dark regime that engages in the most non-Christian behavior on the planet. In fact, Christians end up in one of their prison camps.
    But at least they probably don’t allow anyone to bake cakes for gay weddings or anything. So, obviously ‘conservative values’ are on the rise.
    The gop is complicit in this appeasement and surrender. There was no threat of a nuclear conflict except from trump himself. He manufactured it. It is part of the con.

  • gescove

    Steve Schmidt: “Claims of achievements from this summit are nonsensical. Trump got nothing except empty promises. Kim Jong Un achieved global standing for his evil regime and got military exercises cancelled. The sycophantic panting and exultations across the GOP and Trump media are delusional.” Nothing to add.

  • muselet

    Donald Trump will crow about the great, historic, epic agreement with North Korea that only he could have negotiated from now until the 2020 election. The agreement is meaningless and just by showing up, Trump gave Kim Jong-un the international legitimacy he desired.

    Yeah, that’s some fine dealmaking.


    • Tony Lavely

      It’s probably true that only he could have negotiated it. Because no one else is that foolish. Or the NK beachfront is far more valuable than you’d expect, given it’s location: in NK.

  • jimtowndem

    well putin got just what he wanted. trump is hewing to the russian party line