We hear a lot from left wingers about how Trump loves dictators, blah blah blah, especially after he joked with Russian President Putin at the G20 in Japan. But what we don’t hear is how the historic moments of his Presidency have affected people worldwide. On Sunday, Trump became first yet again- the first sitting President to set foot in North Korea. It brings hope once again that the relationship he is building with people like Kim Jong Un will one day lead to a new day of peace on the Korean Peninsula. Although that day may be a long way off, it’s a start.
After some very important meetings, including my meeting with President Xi of China, I will be leaving Japan for South Korea (with President Moon). While there, if Chairman Kim of North Korea sees this, I would meet him at the Border/DMZ just to shake his hand and say Hello(?)!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 28, 2019
Granted, it was only about 20 steps into the “Hermit Kingdom,” but it was historic. No other President has ever done it. The two leaders then met at the “Freedom House” which was created to do exactly what they used it for today: talk.
Trump shook hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as he crossed the low stone curb separating the North and the South at around 3:45 p.m. local time. The event in the Demilitarized Zone — which also included a roughly 50-minute meeting behind closed doors — marked a return to face-to-face contact between the two leaders after talks broke down during a summit in Vietnam in February.
Immediately, the left started screaming that Trump was screwing up. But a lot of things good can happen if some of the previous barriers are broken down. If Kim Jong Un really does “understand” Trump like he says, then he knows that making him angry is not a good idea. The sanctions remain in place against North Korea – if he wants them removed he’ll have to make some headway.
The two sides agreed to restart the talks by naming a team to meet together. Meanwhile…
New Press Secretary fought for the Press Pool…literally
As armed North Korean security tried to block the
US Press from the moment, there were a skirmish in which our new White House Press Secretary, Stephanie Grisham, was jostled around as she intervened to give the US press pool better access, according to msn. It was likely a surprise to the news folks that the woman who supposedly hates the press suddenly intervened to help them.
“The North Korean security was a little overzealous, at times trying to block US reporters’ view…” Jennifer Jacobs, Bloomberg
The US press pool was first ordered away and then into the building. A chaotic scene. @StephGrisham45 pushed aside a security guard to clear the way for the US press to get inside the meeting. https://t.co/yVoY1cHaUp
— Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) June 30, 2019
So there it is, another milestone for the President. Trump became first to set foot in North Korea.
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