Trump surprise trip to DMZ thwarted by fog

With American President Donald Trump you have a good cop and a bad cop all wrapped up in the same guy.

Some people say that Trump is crazy.

He is. Crazy like a fox.

It’s too bad his DMZ visit had to end with his chopper turning back because of fog. There would have been some good sound bites that we’ll never get to hear now.

MSN

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Softening his aggressive rhetoric, at least for the moment, President Donald Trump stood on South Korean soil Tuesday and urged North Korea to come to the negotiating table. But plans for a surprise visit by Trump to the heavily fortified Korean demilitarized zone on Wednesday were thwarted by fog.

Trump had been scheduled to make the unannounced morning trip to the DMZ amid heightened tensions between the United States and North Korea over Pyongyang’s nuclear program. His helicopter was forced to turn back to Seoul due to bad weather near the border.

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the president was disappointed he couldn’t make the trip — and “pretty frustrated.” A White House official had earlier ruled out the trip, claiming Trump didn’t have time on his schedule and that DMZ visits have become “a little bit of a cliché.”

Visiting the border that has separated the North and South for 64 years has become something of a ritual for U.S. presidents trying to demonstrate their resolve against North Korea’s ever-escalating aggression. Every American president since Ronald Reagan, save for George H.W. Bush, has made the trip, peering across the barren north through binoculars, hearing broadcast propaganda, and reaffirming their commitment to standing with the South.

The attempted visit was scheduled for a day after Trump made a striking shift in tone for a president, who for months has issued increasingly dire threats to answer any hostile North Korean action with “fire and fury.” In a recent speech at the United Nations, Trump said he would “totally destroy” the nation, if necessary, and has derided Kim as “little Rocket Man.”

But on Tuesday, his first day on the Korean Peninsula as president, Trump said he’d seen “a lot of progress” in dealing with Pyongyang, though he stopped short of saying whether he wanted direct diplomatic talks.

“It makes sense for North Korea to come to the table and make a deal that is good for the people of North Korea and for the world,” Trump said at a news conference with South Korean president Moon Jae-in. “I do see certain movement.” He also sounded an optimistic note on disagreements with the North, saying confidently, if vaguely: “Ultimately, it’ll all work out.”

Ever the showman, Trump had teased that he had a surprise in store, saying at a Tuesday evening banquet that he had an “exciting day” planned — “for many reasons that people will find out.” He did not elaborate on what turned out to be the aborted trip to the DMZ.

By now, you should know the routine.

Trump is not an Obama or a Bush. Actually, those two were rather similar in their policies and personalities, sometimes referred to as Bushbama.

The reporter who inserted the word “showman” into this story got it right. And with Little Rocket Man also being a showman, there’s every possibility that both Trump and Kim could grab headlines by becoming best pals.

Trump Rejects Diplomacy to Rein in North Korea, Says “only one thing will work”

When presidents seek to improve their standing in the polls, they go to war. All of them do it. Now, unless he’s bluffing in a high stakes game of poker where the loser is annihilated, President Trump has hinted that he’s going to war.

Trump ran for office on a peace platform. He should try harder to live up to the promises he made to the voters.

France 24

WASHINGTON (AFP) –
US President Donald Trump said Saturday that diplomatic efforts with North Korea have consistently failed, adding that “only one thing will work.”

Trump has engaged in an escalating war of words with North Korean strongman Kim Jong-Un, trading insults amid rising tensions between the two nuclear-armed rivals.

“Presidents and their administrations have been talking to North Korea for 25 years, agreements made and massive amounts of money paid,” Trump tweeted.

It “hasn’t worked, agreements violated before the ink was dry, makings fools of U.S. negotiators. Sorry, but only one thing will work!”

The US has not ruled out the use of force to compel Pyongyang to halt missile and nuclear tests, and Trump has threatened to “totally destroy” the country.

The mercurial American president also told journalists at a recent gathering with military leaders to discuss Iran, North Korea, and the Islamic State group that this “could be the calm before the storm,” declining to clarify his remarks.

Last week, as Secretary of State Rex Tillerson flew home from meeting with top Chinese officials, Trump tweeted that his envoy was “wasting his time” in trying to probe North Korea’s willingness to talk.

The message came after Tillerson had revealed there were backchannels between US and North Korean officials.

Ron Paul concisely describes how to end the “crisis”:

Here’s how to solve the seven-decade old crisis: pull all US troops out of South Korea; end all military exercises on the North Korean border; encourage direct talks between the North and South and offer to host or observe them with an international delegation including the Russians and Chinese, which are after all Korea’s neighbors.

The schoolyard insults back and forth between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un are not funny. They are in fact an insult to all of the rest of us!

Twitter is responding to the escalating crisis.

Trump Tells Tillerson to Stop Wasting His Time Trying to Negotiate with Little Rocket Man

Donald Trump sent a message to Little Rocket Man, not really aimed at his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

That message has liberals riled up, as usual.

Being nice to dictators is the liberal way, not the Trump way.

Excerpt from CNN

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump on Sunday again mocked North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and said Secretary of State Rex Tillerson should not bother trying to negotiate with him in an effort to stop the country’s development of nuclear weapons.

“I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man…” Trump said on Twitter.

He continued, “…Save your energy Rex, we’ll do what has to be done!”

CNN refers to Trump’s Tweets as “undermining” Tillerson. That’s a ridiculous characterization of the Tweets. Trump and Tillerson have been playing good cop/bad cop since Tillerson took office.

Trump’s tweets undermining his secretary of state follow his attacks Saturday on San Juan’s mayor over the Puerto Rico hurricane crisis and come a day after Tillerson said the US had direct lines of communication with North Korea and that he was trying to “calm things down” following months of escalating rhetoric over Pyongyang’s continued nuclear weapons and ballistic missile tests.

Tillerson, speaking at a press conference in Beijing, said the US made it clear through its direct channels to North Korea that it was seeking peace through talks.

“We’ve made it clear that we hope to resolve this through talks,” Tillerson said.

“I think the most immediate action that we need is to calm things down,” Tillerson added. “They’re a little overheated right now, and I think we need to calm them down first.”

Asked about Trump’s own rhetoric, Tillerson said the entire situation was “overheated.”

Trump’s tweets on Sunday seem to directly counter Tillerson’s stated goal to use direct communication to lower tension between the two hostile nations. The US and North Korea have ramped up their rhetoric about one another as Pyongyang continues to develop its nuclear weapons program.

Asked if the President’s tweets indicate he has decided to abandon the diplomatic track on North Korea, a senior administration official told CNN: “We are still committed to a diplomatic approach.”

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert tweeted about the US channels to the North Korean government shortly after Trump’s tweets Sunday.

“#DPRK will not obtain a nuclear capability,” Nauert tweeted. “Whether through diplomacy or force is up to the regime @StateDept.”

The most significant thing that Trump Tweeted is that Clinton, Bush, and Obama failed. Trump may fail too, if the goal is to disarm Rocket Man. Unless Trump has a surprise up his sleeve and not just Tweets.

Trump: Rocket Man Kim won’t be around much longer

The back and forth war of words heats up. The first guy to blink, loses.

Sky News

Donald Trump has made fresh threats against the North Korean regime after it branded him a “mentally deranged megalomaniac”.

The US President warned Pyongyang’s foreign minister that if he if “he echoes thoughts” of the country’s leader Kim Jong Un they both “won’t be around much longer”.

He was responding after Ri Yong Ho told the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday that targeting the US mainland with its rockets was inevitable after “Mr Evil President” made an “irreversible mistake” by calling Mr Kim “rocket man”.

Describing Mr Trump as a “mentally deranged person full of megalomania,” Mr Ri went on to tell the annual gathering of world leaders that the country was now “only a few steps away from the final gate of completion of the state’s nuclear force”.

Hitting back on Twitter, Mr Trump wrote: “Just heard Foreign Minister of North Korea speak at UN If he echoes thoughts of Little Rocket Man, they won’t be around much longer!”

Shortly before Mr Ri was scheduled to speak at the assembly, the Pentagon announced a fleet of US bombers and fighter jets had flown off North Korea’s coast, in what it called a “clear message” to Pyongyang.

Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said it underlined the range of military options available to the US.

On Thursday, Mr Trump announced new sanctions to any companies and institutions that finance and facilitate trade with North Korea.

Mr Ri did not comment on the military show of force, but added there is no “chance that North Korea would be shaken an inch or change its stance due to the harsher sanctions by the hostile forces”.

He added Pyongyang does not have “any intentions to use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against countries that do not join the US in military actions”.

On Friday, the US President publicly branded Mr Kim a “rocket man” and said American “really had no choice” but to confront the authoritarian regime.

Mr Kim branded the speech the “most ferocious declaration of war in history” and said he would consider the “highest level of hardline countermeasure” in response.

Tensions between Pyongyang and Washington have increased in the past few weeks and intensified when the North conducted its sixth and largest nuclear test on 3 September. It has also threatened to test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific.

Earlier this month, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted its ninth round of sanctions on Pyongyang in response to the nuclear test.

Kim Jong Un: ‘Deranged’ Trump to ‘pay dearly’

KIM GIVING HIS PERSONAL WARNING TO PRESIDENT TRUMP.

If we assume that the threats spoken by President Trump and North Korea’s Kim are not theater scripted in Tel Aviv, then let’s suppose that both parties are rational people, nor madmen.

After eight years of Obama leading the U.S. by hitting a golf ball as often as he could while leaving the tough issues to his successor, the American people decided by a narrow margin they wanted a tough guy president rather than a woman sociopath.

The North Koreans, whose country was destroyed during the Korean War, likewise have a tough guy whose goal is to preserve his regime.

Kim has noted that Muammar Gaddafi and Saddam Hussein ended up dead because they had no credible threat to use against the American Empire.

Like all rational people, Kim wants to live, so he’s building missiles and nukes that can hit the U.S. From a rational perspective, these weapons are a deterrent against American aggression. So are his alleged chemical weapons.

So where are we today? In a war of words. Once you have weapons, the threat is enough.

Sky News

Donald Trump is “deranged” and will “pay dearly” for his threats, according to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

In a rare statement reported by the country’s official news agency, Mr Kim said the North would consider the “highest level of hardline countermeasure in history” against the US.

Mr Kim’s words follow the US President’s threat to “totally destroy” North Korea, comments described by the North Korean dictator as “the most ferocious declaration of a war in history”.

He said that Mr Trump’s speech at the United Nations on Tuesday had only convinced him that Pyongyang’s nuclear programme must continue.

“His remarks… have convinced me – rather than frightening or stopping me – that the path I chose is correct and that it is the one I have to follow to the last.

“As a man representing the DPRK and on behalf of the dignity and honour of my state and people and on my own, I will make the man holding the prerogative of the supreme command in the US pay dearly for his speech.”

He added: “After taking office, Trump has rendered the world restless through threats and blackmail against all countries in the world.

“He is unfit to hold the prerogative of supreme command of a country, and he is surely a rogue and a gangster fond of playing with fire, rather than a politician.”

Earlier in the week, Mr Trump had used his first speech in front of the UN General Assembly to describe Mr Kim as being a “rocket man on a suicide mission for himself and his regime”.

Mr Trump had said: “The United States is ready, willing and able (to act), but hopefully this will not be necessary.”

The President also called on member states to work together to isolate Mr Kim until he stops his “hostile” actions, a reference to a series of recent ballistic missile launches and nuclear tests by Pyongyang.

Mr Kim has promised to complete his nuclear programme in the face of strengthening sanctions, saying his state is nearing its goal of “equilibrium” in military force with the US.

Kim knows that he’s dead if he uses his weapons against the U.S. or an ally. He doesn’t seem suicidal to me. He seems more like a crafty gook, playing gook hardball, accustomed to dealing with weaklings like Obama.

Trump Praises China For Ordering Banks To Halt Business With North Korea

If you believe as I do that the North Korean threat is a psy op, engineered by the (((Deep State))) to add to the American military budget and to add to Israel’s aspirations, then you might not be impressed with the news about added sanctions on Kim’s regime. If you are inclined to believe the little fat boy is a real threat, then enjoy the good news that President Trump reported today at the UN.

Real Clear Politics

Sitting alongside South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at the UN General Assembly on Thursday, President Trump praised the Chinese government for reportedly banning any of its banks from doing business with North Korea.

“You heard about China – what China was doing today, in terms of the banking system. That was a tremendous move,” the president said.

“I’m very proud to tell you that as you may have just heard moments ago, China, their central bank has told their other banks –that’s a massive banking system– to immediately stop doing business with North Korea,” Trump reportedly said off camera at the same meeting.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: It’s wonderful to have prime minister Shinzo Abe doing a great job for the people of Japan. He’s doing a wonderful job for the great people of Japan. We had discussions already today and this is a formalization of the discussions. We made a lot of progress both on trade and obviously, very importantly, we have discussed in great detail North Korea, with also South Korea, as you just saw.

So we will continue that dialogue — the relationship that has never been closer with Japan and the United States.

It will continue on with that way. I look forward to discussing some things that the group is here specifically to discuss, and we will be reporting back to you later.

Thank you all very much. You heard about China – what China was doing today, in terms of the banking system. That was a tremendous move and we have great respect and also would like to thank President Xi of China. It was a great thing he did today. Thank you very much. Thank you very much for being here.

If the whole North Korean situation is real, then Trump is doing better than Obama. That bar was set pretty low, however.

As they say, “It ain’t over til the fat lady sings.” This isn’t over yet.

I’m out of fat ladies. William Shatner will have to do. Trump’s inspiration–Rocket Man.

Styx: Trump Should Destroy North Korea

I’m surprised that peacemonger Styx is now on board with Trump’s threat to destroy North Korea.

He makes the best case that I’ve heard that the U.S. should take military action against the North.

Throughout the video, Styx points out the UN as a TOTAL WASTE. He also notes that Rocket Man has biological weapons that would spread and kill hundreds of millions in the U.S., Europe, Australia, Japan, India, and so forth.

Sample comments:

Best speech I’ve seen in years by anyone. He told the entire world American has it’s balls back. Obama’s years in a dress are gone. Trump is the big dog in the world and they all know it and it showed on their faces as he spoke. Rocket man…love it!

I love this! Trump is awesome!!,

“Rocket Man” is great persuasion just like “low energy” and “little Marco.” Next time he shoots off a missile people will laugh an say “There goes Rocket Man again. What a jerk”

Sorry Styx….666, I love your analysis normally, but I think you don’t realise the risks of an attack. Just stop those military exercises, and bring your boys back to the U.S. Let these people solve their problems.

Trump saying Rocket Man is on a suicide mission in the UN Speech had me dying in laughter!! It is fucking amazing and glorious to finally have a US president with a good sense of humor and mastered the art of making memes as opposed to Obummer.