Whatever the outcome, historians will look back on June 30th, 2019 as the day both President Donald Trump and North Korean Dictator Kim Jong-un, took those first few steps towards total denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
It may not happen while President Trump is in office; however, many believe it WILL happen.
Trump’s actions are very much like President Reagan’s 1987 legendary Cold-War speech, challenging then-Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev to “tear down” the Berlin Wall — a symbol of the Iron Curtain, which was finally torn down 2-years later, on November 9th 1989.
In fact, President Trump stepping unto North Korean soil is as significant as Reagan standing in front of the Brandenburg Gate on June 12th and proclaimed those immortal words, in front of thousands of West Berliners.
President Trump’s 20-steps into North Korea marked the first time a sitting President set foot into the communist regime. The President and the Dictator strolled along the DMZ until both reached the stone curb separating the North from the South; the President smiling asked Kim if he should cross over, Kim grinning invited the President to step in.
“Would you like me to step across?” Trump asked Kim as they shook hands. “I am OK with it.” And just like that, another chapter was completed in the long and winding road to denuclearization.
The event, seemingly spontaneous and broadcast live, took to a new level, Trump’s showman instincts and view of diplomacy as a test of interpersonal skills. Afterward, Trump said he agreed with Kim to revive staff-level talks that had collapsed after their last summit in February.
Once inside North Korea both Trump and Kim once again shook hands like old college chums meeting at a class reunion, patting each other on the back, and enjoying each other’s company, before crossing back to the South.
Kim appeared overjoyed at the moment and informed the President through an interpreter. The President returned the compliment stating that he was “proud to step over the line” and invited the Korean leader to the White House, though later acknowledged such a visit would likely happen, perhaps before the 2020 election.
The high-risk gamble by the President in publicly reaching out to Kim to meet him at the DMZ, without any prearrangements or expectations is what separates ordinary politicians from a great leader, unafraid to take the initiative for peace, while others calculate their political options.
The North Korean leader said he was surprised by Trump’s request to meet, and accepted the offer due to their “excellent relationship” and the significance of meeting at the border.
“I think meeting here, two countries that have a hostile past, we are showcasing to the world that we have a new present and we have a positive meeting going forward,” he said.
However back in Washington 2020 Democratic contenders for the White House, (as predicted), decried the historic event.
Frontrunner Biden actually took a swipe at the President for “coddling” dictators, citing his chummy meetings with Kim and Russian President Vladimir Putin:
“President Trump’s coddling of dictators at the expense of American national security and interests is one of the most dangerous ways that he’s diminishing us on the world stage and subverting our values as a nation,” said Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates.
This once again brings into focus Biden’s sheer hypocrisy for allowing his mouthpiece to spew out partisan trash, while apparently forgetting how his boss (Obama) was caught on an open mic, telling the Russian leader to wait until after the election on missile defense, stating “After my election I have more flexibility.”
Least we forget the Obama/Biden team also never confronted North Korea during their entire 8-years of the Obama Presidency.
“Pocahontas” aka Elizabeth Warren also weighed in saying, “Our President shouldn’t be squandering American influence on photo ops and exchanging love letters with a ruthless dictator. Instead, we should be dealing with North Korea through principled diplomacy that promotes US security, defends our allies, and upholds human rights,” she tweeted.
Moreover perhaps to give this historic event even more prominence South Korea alerted the media of “UFO’s” flying near the border with North Korea, the alert came a day after the meeting between the two leaders… South Korea scrambled fighter to intercept the alien invasion, which turned out to be a flock of birds flying near the North Korean border.
Do you believe this historical event and the President’s unique negotiating skills will eventually bring North Korea to denuclearize?