North Korea

Trump Gives Kim Jong-un a Sloppy Wet Kiss

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Trump held a surprise meeting with Kim Jong-un at the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea over the weekend where he shook hands with and praised the dictator for no particular reason at all.

Publicly, the United States and North Korea have not retreated from their rhetorical positions, but the New York Times reported that the Trump regime is leaning toward the idea of recognizing North Korea as a legitimate nuclear power.

Now, as you might have imagined, that came as a surprise to National Security Adviser John Bolton; a man who is clearly in deep denial.

Trump’s national security adviser, John Bolton, dismissed a report in The New York Times on Monday that Washington is seeking to soften its approach, floating an idea of accepting a nuclear freeze - instead of complete dismantlement - and giving tacit recognition that North Korea is a nuclear state.

“I read this NYT story with curiosity,” Bolton said in a tweet. “Neither the [National Security Council] staff nor I have discussed or heard of any desire to ‘settle for a nuclear freeze by NK.’ This was a reprehensible attempt by someone to box in the President. There should be consequences.”

Bolton did not even accompany Trump to the demilitarized zone. Bolton was shipped off to Mongolia for whatever reason.

The idea that Trump ultimately cares what Bolton or the National Security Council thinks would be hilarious if the consequences of Trump's fleeting whims were less severe.

Trump probably understands that making a substantive and equitable deal with North Korea is virtually impossible and it shouldn't surprise anyone in the least if he decides to change course and moved toward legitimizing the North.

In many ways, Trump has already legitimized and normalized North Korea and their leader Kim Jong-un. All that remains is to make it formal. And if that happens, Kim Jong-un will have gotten everything he could have ever wished for and more.

  • sawadee2000

    The Ghost of Ronald Reagan must be weeping as Trump panders to the world’s worst dictators. You won’t hear Dear Leader Trump tell his master Vlad to “tear down” any walls. No, instead we hear idiot Trump foolishly telling the President of Ireland to BUILD a big, beautiful wall! Well, we all know (except for our President for Life) how well walls worked out during “the troubles”. Sad,truly sad 🙁 I wish I was able to be on the Mall on the 4th. I would just LOVE to personally show Trump how much I despise the tanks he has on display. Back during the Vietnam War I was proud to march in protest that needless war. Unfortunately, I do not doubt that Trump will start a war (somewhere) to serve as the ultimate distraction. Yes, lets all rally around the flag, which needs a good steam cleaning after Trump desecrated it with his filthy hands.

  • muselet

    John Bolton’s huffy response to stories of Donald Trump giving Kim Jong-un legitimacy is hilarious, as is his being exiled to Mongolia while Donald Trump brought Ivanka and Jared Kushner along to the Korean DMZ. Bolton seems to be suffering from the delusion that he’s serving in a normal R presidential administration.

    Whether he—or the NSC staff—likes it or not, it’s Trump who’s boxing himself in, and there’s nothing Bolton can do about it. As for consequences, well, check out the grins on the North Koreans’ faces during the Trump/Kim photo op.

    Bolton seems to be suffering from the delusion that he’s serving in a normal R presidential administration.


  • Aynwrong

    I was listening to NPR this morning and someone defending Trump called in. It was pathetic but predictable. You can always here the cadences of right wing talk radio as well as the talking points. His argument was well… it’s been stalemated for years and Madeline Albright gave North Korea a ton of money and no missiles have been launched so how bad could it all be. The fact that this bumptious fool was kissing a murderous dictator’s ass live on TV in front of the entire globe was neither here nor there.

    The moment that President Dipshit™ is out of office the entire media especially Dipshit’s supporters will begin holding the next president (especially a Democrat) stringently accountable for not being able to undo the effects of this clusterfuck in 5 minutes flat.

    I love my country, but sometimes I really hate it.

  • 1933john

    Blackmailing Japan and South
    Korea for protection payments?

  • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

    Just yesterday someone was criticizing “Obama’s world apology tour” to me.

    I am old enough to remember all the incessant whining and pearl clutching about how he bowed to foreign leaders. And how the rest of the world was laughing at Obama (and the US, by proxy).

    I remember these things. I’m not hallucinating. The right spent YEARS in this sort of histrionic state.

    And now, when the world is actually laughing at us, when the President is actually sucking up to foreign leaders?

    Crickets. Fucking. Crickets.

    It’s un-fucking-believable!

    This cognitive dissonance this requires is un-fucking-imaginable.