Trump Crosses Demilitarized Zone Into North Korea

In a moment that clearly thrilled North Korea's President Kim Jong-un, Donald Trump stepped across the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea for a photo opp that elevated the ruthless dictator in world standing.
North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump

In a moment that clearly thrilled North Korea’s President Kim Jong-un, Donald Trump stepped across the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea for a photo opp that elevated the ruthless dictator in world standing.

From the New York Times:

Greeted by a beaming Mr. Kim, the president stepped across a low concrete border marker at 3:46 p.m. local time and walked 20 paces to the base of a building on the North Korean side for an unprecedented, camera-friendly demonstration of friendship intended to revitalize stalled talks.

“It is good to see you again,” an exuberant Mr. Kim told the president through an interpreter. “I never expected to meet you in this place.”

“Big moment, big moment,” Mr. Trump told him.

After about a minute on officially hostile territory, Mr. Trump escorted Mr. Kim back over the line into South Korea, where the two briefly addressed a scrum of journalists before slipping inside the building known as Freedom House for a private conversation along with President Moon Jae-in of South Korea. Mr. Trump said he would invite Mr. Kim to visit him at the White House.

Kim Jong Un Ordered Nuclear Envoy Executed After Failed Summit With Trump

Kim Jong Un (L) and Donald Trump (R)

According to USA Today, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un ordered his special nuclear envoy to the United States executed in March after the failed summit between his country and the U.S.

North Korean newspaper Chosen Ilbo reported the news on Friday.

Kim Hyok Chol was executed by firing squad in March along with four other foreign ministry officials, the paper reported, citing an unidentified North Korean source.

North Korea neither confirmed nor denied the report. South Korea’s government was not able to confirm the claim. Previous media reports about the fate of North Korean officials who have fallen afoul of Pyongyang’s leader have proven to be false.

Chosun Ilbo reported Kim Hyok Chol and the other senior officials were shot after being accused of spying for the United States.

The paper reported Kim Jong Un ordered the purge amid mounting dissatisfaction with the summit in Hanoi – the second time Kim and Trump met for face-to-face talks. In Vietnam, they failed to reach a deal because of conflicts over the White House’s call for complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and North Korean demands for sanctions relief.

Chol led working-level negotiations for the March nuclear summit.

Donald Trump has repeatedly acknowledged his respect and admiration for the North Korean leader.

News Round-Up: March 5, 2019

Oh no, I'm nor jealous at all of InstaHunk Jim Newman and his Brazilian infinity pool afternoon. #HowNiceForHim :)
InstaHunk Jim Newman in Brazil

Some news items you might have missed:

• Oh no, I’m not jealous at all of InstaHunk Jim Newman and his Brazilian infinity pool afternoon. #HowNiceForHim #SeeWhatHardWorkGetsYou

• CNN reports that Donald Trump pressured White House staff to issue Ivanka Trump a security clearance against their recommendations. This comes just days after The New York Times reported that the Trumpster intervened to secure a high-level security clearance for his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.

• Jack Phillips, the owner of Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado, has agreed to drop his lawsuit against the Colorado Civil Rights Commission in exchange for the commission giving up on its own administrative discrimination complaint against Phillips.

• NBC News reports North Korea started rebuilding a banned long range missile site 48 hours after Donald Trump’s failed Hanoi summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

• An unlicensed gun owner in Indiana is recovering in a hospital after accidentally shooting himself in the penis. #WhatElseIsThereToSay?

• Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is reported to be scrambling to avoid embarrassing Donald Trump as possibly 15 Senate Republicans may join Democrats in a resolution denouncing the Donald’s use of ‘national emergency’ to get funds for his beloved wall.

• Madonna celebrated the 30th anniversary of the release of her mega-hit, “Like a Prayer,” yesterday. The actual date was Sunday, but apparently Madge was ‘blocked’ from posting then.

The Queen of Pop writes: “30 years ago today I released Like a Prayer and made a video that caused so much controversy because I kissed a black saint and danced in front of burning crosses! I also made a commercial with PEPSI that was banned because my video was seen as inappropriate. Happy Birthday to Me and Controversy! #likeaprayer meant to post this yesterday but was blocked! what a shocker!”

Otto Warmbiers’ Parents Issue Scathing Rebuke Of Trump’s Trust In North Korean Dictator

Cindy and Fred Warmbier attending Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address

The parents of deceased college student Otto Warmbier, who was imprisoned in North Korea for stealing a poster, have issued a statement after Donald Trump told the world yesterday he believed North Korean President Kim Jong Un didn’t know anything about the student’s treatment in his country.

“We have been respectful during this summit process. Now we must speak out. Kim and his evil regime are responsible for the death of our son Otto,” Fred and Cindy Warmbier said in a statement, according to NBC News. “Kim and his evil regime are responsible for unimaginable cruelty and inhumanity. No excuses or lavish praise can change that.”

Here’s what Donald Trump told reporters yesterday in Vietnam:

That sentiment is a reversal from last year when Trump invited Otto’s parents to attend his State of the Union address and he blamed Kim Jong Un’s dictatorship for Otto Warmbier’s death.

In 2016, Otto Warmbier was arrested during a trip to North Korea after being accused of stealing a propaganda poster from his hotel in Pyongyang.

The 21-year-old was sentenced to 15 years hard labor by the North Korean government, but was released after 17 months.

He was returned to the United States in a coma, and died days later due to neurological injury.

Trump Believes Kim Jong Un Didn’t Torture American Student, Says Cohen Lies “A Lot” But Not All The Time

Donald Trump in Vietnam 

During a press conference in Vietnam, Donald Trump responded to the testimony of his former attorney, Michael Cohen, before Congress yesterday.

In the same breath, Trump accused Cohen of lying “a lot,” but telling the truth about Trump’s alleged collusion with the Russian government during the 2016 election.

Trump also criticized the House Oversight Committee for having the hearing while he was abroad. What he doesn’t mention is the Trumpster scheduled his trip AFTER the committee appearance with Cohen was announced.

In other news, the man who claims he wrote “The Art of the Deal” couldn’t close the deal in Vietnam where he met with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

According to CNN, the summit ended abruptly with no joint agreement after Kim insisted all US sanctions be lifted on his country.

“Sometimes you have to walk,” Trump said during a news conference following the conclusion of the summit, which broke up earlier than planned. “This was just one of those times.”

NBC News shares that the breakdown in talks “is sure to come as a relief to many North Korea experts — including some Democratic and Republican lawmakers — who worried Trump was ready to make concessions to Kim without securing a firm and verifiable disarmament commitment from the dictator.”

At the press event, Trump also declared he believed the known-dictator’s claims that he knew nothing about the treatment of American student Otto Warmbier, who was held as a political prisoner by North Korea.

When he was finally returned to the United States, he died a few days later due to harsh and brutal treatment in North Korea.

Trump said, “I don’t believe Kim would have allowed that to happen to” Otto Warmbier. “He tells me that he didn’t know about it, and I will take him at his word.”

Trump Calls His Own Intelligence Community “Naive” Suggesting They Should “Go Back To School”

Donald Trump attacked the U.S. Intelligence community today using language like "passive" and "naive," and then closing with, "Perhaps Intelligence should go back to school!"
Donald Trump

Donald Trump pushed back against recent assessments by his own intelligence have come to conclusions regarding Iran and North Korea that don’t align with what he wants to hear.

From the New York Times:

A new American intelligence assessment of global threats has concluded that North Korea is unlikely to give up its nuclear stockpiles and that Iran is not, for now, taking steps necessary to make a bomb, directly contradicting the rationale of two of President Trump’s foreign policy initiatives.

Those conclusions are part of an annual “Worldwide Threat Assessment” released on Tuesday that also stressed the growing cyberthreat from Russia and China, which it said were now “more aligned than at any point since the mid-1950s.”

Trump’s answer was to attack the U.S. Intelligence community today using language like “passive” and “naive,” and then closing with, “Perhaps Intelligence should go back to school!”

Note the wrong use of ‘There economy’ in his tweet as he says others should go back to school.

Let’s check in with the Twitterverse, shall we? Starting with former CIA Director John Brennan:

North Korea:”No Way” We Will Disarm Nuclear Weapons First

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho

North Korea’s Foreign Minister announced today at the United Nations that it will not disarm itself of nuclear weapons while sanctions remain in place on his country.

From NBC News:

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho told the United Nations on Saturday that continued sanctions on Pyongyang were deepening its mistrust in the United States.

“Without any trust in the U.S. there will be no confidence in our national security and under such circumstances there is no way we will unilaterally disarm ourselves first,” Ri told the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations.

The comments come as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo prepares to travel to Pyongyang next month for his fourth trip to North Korea, his third as secretary of state. Discussions of a second summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un are already underway.

China and Russia have said the U.N. Security Council should reward Pyongyang for steps taken after U.S. Trump and Kim met in June and Kim pledged to work toward denuclearization.

“The perception that sanctions can bring us on our knees is a pipe-dream of the people who are ignorant about us. But the problem is that the continued sanctions are deepening our mistrust,” Ri said.

Trump Twitter Rant: “We’d Be At War If Not For Me”

Angry he doesn't get enough 'credit' for his efforts, Donald Trump tweeted "If not for me, we would be at War with North Korea!"
Donald Trump

Clearly, Donald Trump never received any positive reinforcement during his childhood.

No one must have ever told him any thing was good enough because as an adult in a position of immense power now, he demands praise whenever the mood strikes him.

In the aftermath of a by The Washington Post on Sunday which quoted U.S. officials who now believe Kim Jong Un has no intention of denuclearization, Trump took to Twitter to claim the credit for the U.S. not being at war with North Korea.

“Many good conversations with North Korea-it is going well! In the meantime, no Rocket Launches or Nuclear Testing in 8 months. All of Asia is thrilled. Only the Opposition Party, which includes the Fake News, is complaining. If not for me, we would now be at War with North Korea!”

U.S. Officials Say North Korea Continues To Build Up Nuclear Production

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump

According to five U.S. officials, North Korea has been stepping up its production of enriched uranium for nuclear weapons, even though the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un told Donald Trump at the recent summit he would “work toward” denuclearization.

Taking Kim at his word, Trump cancelled the U.S. military training exercises on the Korean peninsula.

From NBC News:

U.S. intelligence agencies believe that North Korea has increased its production of fuel for nuclear weapons at multiple secret sites in recent months — and that Kim Jong Un may try to hide those facilities as he seeks more concessions in nuclear talks with the Trump administration, U.S. officials told NBC News.

The intelligence assessment, which has not previously been reported, seems to counter the sentiments expressed by President Donald Trump, who tweeted after his historic June 12 summit with Kim that “there was no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea.”

Analysts at the CIA and other intelligence agencies don’t see it that way, according to more than a dozen American officials who are familiar with their assessments and spoke on the condition of anonymity. They see a regime positioning itself to extract every concession it can from the Trump administration — while clinging to nuclear weapons it believes are essential to survival.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

There’s also evidence that North Korea has made substantial improvements to its nuclear research facilities.

But, remember, Trump says he trusts Kim Jong Un and the nuclear threat is “no longer.”

Propaganda Video: Donald Trump Salutes North Korean General

Donald Trump salutes North Korean general

Remember when the Obama detractors lost their shit when President Obama bowed to foreign dignitaries?

The outrage!

Now this from Daily Kos:

You’d think it would be a no-brainer not to salute a general from a foreign military, one that has been threatening nuclear war with the United States for decades. But, not Trump.

And now North Korean state-run television is running this video on repeat. Donald Trump saluting their general, giving him the ultimate legitimacy. What kind of message does that send to the North Koreans who’ve been living under the threat of starvation and firing squads at the hands of this very same general?

This comes at almost the same time that Trump defended Kim Jong Un in an interview with Fox News’ Bret Baier:

“He’s a tough guy. Hey, when you take over a country, tough country, tough people, and you take it over from your father … if you could do that at 27-years old, I mean, that’s 1 in 10,000 that could do that.”