Anything in this very interesting world is possible, but I believe that Kim Jong Un fully realizes the great economic potential of North Korea, & will do nothing to interfere or end it. He also knows that I am with him & does not want to break his promise to me. Deal will happen!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 4, 2019
Unfortunately, this tweet came out four hours after North Korea fired off the ballistic missiles which they promised they would no longer test while negotiating with the US.
Courtesy of The Independent:
Donald Trump has insisted the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un will not break “the promise he made” about denuclearisation, hours after the secretive communist state fired several short-range missiles from its east coast.
Described as “several projectiles” by the South Korean military, they flew distances ranging from 44 to 124 miles after they were launched off the Hodo peninsula coast, according to South Korea’s joint chiefs of staff.
If it is confirmed that North Korea fired banned ballistic missiles, it would be the first such launch by Pyongyang since November 2017.
Seoul later said it was “very concerned” about the test launch and urged its northern neighbor to resume nuclear negotiations.
Mr. Kim has previously promised not to test nuclear weaponry or intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs).
So did Trump not know about this at all?
Or did he know, and then ask Kim, who told him not to believe his intelligence agencies and to instead trust him, just like he trusts Vladimir Putin?
And speaking of Putin, it turns out that he has requested that Trump relax sanctions on North Korea as well.
Courtesy of Bloomberg:
President Donald Trump initiated a lengthy call with his Russian counterpart on Friday, in which Vladimir Putin urged sanctions relief for North Korea and warned against interference in Venezuela, the Russian embassy in Washington said.
On North Korea, the Russian embassy said Putin and Trump “noted the importance of consistent progress towards denuclearization and achieving long-term normalization on the Korean Peninsula.” Putin briefed Trump about his April 25 meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Vladivostok.
Hours after their talk, North Korea fired numerous short-range projectiles off its eastern coast, according to South Korean authorities, a move seen as Kim’s latest and most provocative signal of frustration over talks with Trump following the pair’s failed summit in Vietnam in February.
That’s right Trump initiated a phone call with Vladimir Putin, that we only know about because Russia is bragging about it, during which Putin told Trump to relax sanctions against North Korea, warned him against interfering in Venezuela, and celebrated the end of the Mueller investigation.
And while Putin is giving Trump his marching orders Russia continues to launch cyber attacks against America, and North Korea fires off ballistic missiles like they are bottle rockets in a suburban backyard.
How does anybody fool themselves into believing that Trump has a handle on any of this?