Folks, I don't want to say 'I told you so,' but allow me to for just a moment.
I've described Kim Jong-un's flattering letters to Trump as "love letters," but that description was apparently even more appropriate than I thought it was.
I wasn't implying they were literally love letters, but Trump says they fell in love.
Trump, speaking at a rally in West Virginia on Saturday night, said both leaders took tough positions at their June summit.
"I was really tough and so was he, and we went back and forth," Trump told an adoring crowd of thousands at Wesbanco Arena in Wheeling. "And then we fell in love, OK? No, really, he wrote me beautiful letters, and they’re great letters. We fell in love.”
I believe this is a one-sided relationship.
I mean, if Kim Jong-un loves Trump, it's because it's so easy to manipulate him.
Let's not forget that Kim Jong-un is a brutal dictator who has murdered members own his family and thousands of their fellow North Korean citizens. Most North Koreans live in squalor and poverty and suffer from routine famine while funds are poured into the military and a nuclear weapons program. North Korea's heavily militarized borders keep their own people locked in as much as it keeps foreigners locked out.
For an American president to say he "fell in love" with the leader of North Korea just because he was flattered in a love letter is a disgrace for the ages.
Meanwhile, North Korean foreign minister Ri Yong-ho addressed the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday where he said the North will not give up their nuclear weapons.
Ri Yong Ho told the world body’s annual General Assembly that North Korea had taken “significant goodwill measures” in the past year, such as stopping nuclear and missiles tests, dismantling the nuclear test site, and pledging not to proliferate nuclear weapons and nuclear technology.
“However, we do not see any corresponding response from the U.S.,” he said.
“Without any trust in the U.S. there will be no confidence in our national security and under such circumstances there is no way we will unilaterally disarm ourselves first.”
Everything is transpiring exactly as we thought it would.
I'm confident Trump will float the possibility of withdrawing from South Korea even if there's no guarantee it will lead to disarmament.