U.S. President Donald Trump said he would meet with Kim Jong Un amid heightened tensions over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program if the circumstances were right.
“If it would be appropriate for me to meet with him, I would absolutely, I would be honored to do it,” Trump said Monday in an Oval Office interview with Bloomberg News. “If it’s under the, again, under the right circumstances. But I would do that.”
Whether the POTUS is up to more shenanigans of saying one thing so he can put on his presidential flip-flop’s on the issue at some point in the future – who knows. It’s just fun to listen to the media get in a soapy lather because Trump said he’d talk to Kim Jong. Frickin’ heaven forbid!
From the CNN mensa’s:
The first is the idea that Trump has the ability to make foreign leaders — particularly those with worldviews that are radically different than the United States — to do what he wants. This is the same logical fallacy that governed — and governs! — Trump’s insistence that Mexico will eventually pay for the border wall.
The second is that the very act of President Trump meeting with someone like Kim Jong Un sends an incredibly powerful symbol to the world. No matter what the readout of a meeting with Kim or Duterte winds up being, it almost doesn’t matter. The visuals are all to the good for these men. It puts them on equal footing with the leader of the most powerful nation in the world. Nothing Trump says or does changes that.
It’s odd that someone as image conscious as Trump doesn’t get that. Or that he believes so deeply in his ability to persuade even people like Kim or Duterte that he’s willing to stand side by side with them.
But, this is Trump. Say things to provoke and then find some way to justify them.
Just what is he “provoking” here? Only first-class clowns can come up with such childish ideas and then twist it into something provocative or upsetting, akin in their minds to having their BMW nameplate replaced with a Yugo logo. He simply said he’d talk to the nut-job under the right circumstances. Maybe better in these mensa’s heads to bomb first and talk later.
And then the usual lunacy from the HuffPost and a New York times reporter:
Trump continues to praise Kim as North Korea’s nuclear provocations increase international tensions in the Asia-Pacific region. In an interview with CBS that aired on Sunday, Trump called the North Korean leader a “pretty smart cookie.”
The president has also admired other strongmen, most notably Russian President Vladimir Putin. Last month, Trump congratulated Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on winning a referendum that consolidated his authority and may have been undemocratic. Over the weekend, the White House extended an invitation to Rodrigo Duterte, president of the Philippines, who personally admitted to murder and whose regime has been accused of numerous human rights abuses.
“Does the president have a thing with these totalitarian leaders? Does he admire something about the way these guys conduct themselves?” New York Times reporter Glenn Thrush asked White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Monday.
Frothy stuff…”does the president have a thing with these totalitarian leaders?” Pretty soon we expect to hear the media crowing that Trump and Melania will be having a date night at some Siberian sauna, with Putin pouring water over the hot stones.
And if the White House, both past and present, forbade talk with leaders who were crack pots, nut jobs, murderers, thieves and other assorted malcontents, the White House would be a ghost town. Not even the Congressional and Senatorial members would be allowed on the hallowed grounds for fun and frolic.
But not to be a spoil sport here, we found a nice, classy theme the media can play when writing about their favorite president and his secret crushes:
Linda Ronstadt / The Nelson Riddle Orchestra / I’ve Got A Crush On