IT WAS a good news day when Secretary Mike Pompeo delivered 3 Americans from torture and worse in North Korea.
Whatever you think about Pompeo’s politics, it matters when the secretary of state has a close relationship with the president.
Today, the summit between the American president and North Korea’s despot has been set for Singapore.
Exactly. Singapore, seriously? Could the US have made it any easier for Kim Jong Un? As a North Korea analyst said on #11thHour @MSNBC last night, the North Korean dictator’s plane couldn’t have made it to Sweden. #fail https://t.co/eWLfcw7eMB
— Taylor Marsh (@taylormarsh) May 10, 2018
What President Trump doesn’t know about foreign policy is playing out with Kim Jong Un.
Maybe ignorance is bliss in the Trump era but it’s the only nail on which to hang our hopes.
But the feel-good moment from the prisoners’ release also contained these words from the president: “We want to thank Kim Jong-un, who really was excellent to these three incredible people. They are really three incredible people. And the fact that we were able to get them out so soon was really a tribute to a lot of things, including a certain process that’s taking place right now. And that process is very important.”
Kim Jong-un was excellent to those three Americans?
Victor Cha, who was a former candidate to be Trump’s ambassador to South Korea, said on MSNBC this morning: “It’s great news for the families. I had met with some of the family members and they were living in quiet agony over the past year or so. So it’s terrific news for the family. It’s difficult for the president because he’s trying to congratulate the North Korean leader, but we shouldn’t be giving the North Korean leader any humanitarian awards. I mean, he murdered a college student, a University of Virginia college student, Otto Warmbier, and there are hundreds of thousands of North Koreans that are in prison camps today, simply because they want to live in a more free and open society.”
If Trump is going to the G7 meeting in Quebec June 8-9, that will be the last chance for Abe to ask him please don’t sell out Japan’s security in Singapore with Little Kim.
— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) May 10, 2018