After months of dangerous Twitter brinkmanship, including name-calling and threatening North Korea with “fire and fury,” President Donald Trump decided to go all-in and gamble on an unprecedented face to face meeting with Kim Jong Un, in desperate attempt to change the conversatin from the myriad of scandals threatening to sink his presidency.
Trump hope is that he’ll be able to compel North Korea to abandon their nuclear program and surrender their arsenal of warheads and ballistic missiles.
Last month, however, South Korean President Moon Jae-in secured a pledge from Kim Jong Un that the two countries would work toward the total denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula – effectively stealing Trump’s thunder.
But as the russia probe and the Stormy Daniels scandal dominate the news cycle, Trump and his supporters have been desperately trying to reclaim and reassert the narrative that he’s responsible for the Korean peace accord. They’ve been thumping their chests more than usual over this, bending over backwards to credit Trump for every positive development in this saga, even if it means stretching the truth about Trump’s actual influence.
At a recent rally, Trump’s supporters even started chanting “Nobel! Nobel!” hinting that the president deserves a Nobel Peace Prize simply for getting North Korea to the negotiating table.
On Sunday, however, North Korea said its intention to denuclearize, unveiled at a historic inter-Korean summit, was not the result of Trump’s actions, warning the United States not to mislead public opinion.
According to a Reuters report Sunday, North Korea’s official state news agency accused President Trump of “misleading public opinion” and crediting his bullying and threats for the progress on the Korean Peninsula.
“The United States should not ‘deliberately provoke’ the North by moving to deploy strategic assets in South Korea and raising human rights issues” the Reuters report characterized the KCNA statement.
“This act cannot be construed otherwise than a dangerous attempt to ruin the hardly-won atmosphere of dialogue and bring the situation back to square one,” the spokesman was quoted as saying.
“It would not be conducive to resolving the issue of denuclearization if Washington miscalculated North Korea’s ‘peace-loving intention’ as a sign of weakness and continued to pursue its pressure and military threats,” KCNA said.
There you have it. Trump’s own lies told through his continual bragging and boasting just might sink any potential deal with North Korea.