It’s hard to believe that America has come to this point: A half-wit president who does literally everything on a whim. No planning, no foresight, no wisdom, and worst of all, zero accountability.
But the most difficult pill to swallow is the fact that Donald J. Trump — real estate magnate, television star, world-renowned asshole — does all this because he has no idea what he’s doing. And it’s not like we’ve ever had a first-term president who knew what they were doing… It’s a different job than anything else you can do, of course. But without even an ounce of political experience, the problem that arises is that Trump is susceptible to suggestion from places that may not have America’s best interests at heart.
Case in point: The recent “summit” that Trump held with North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong-Un, while ambitious, produced nothing of value for the United States, despite the fact that Trump vowed to draw down American military activity in the area, including joint exercises with Kim’s neighbor South Korea — exercises which have been ongoing essentially since the “end” of the Korean war in 1953.
Now, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal that has come back to light after the world became aware of Trump’s concessions to the North Korean despot, it appears that the idea of negotiating with Kim using the end of military exercises as an incentive may have come from the man that most now suspect is Donald Trump’s real boss — Vladimir Putin.
The WSJ piece, from January, is a primer on how Trump must be interacted with in order to reach him in a meaningful way — which is already a terrifying thing to have to research, since most presidents can simply be briefed, but Trump cannot seem to parse complex situations or measure his responses to unexpected events.
But Putin apparently got through. From the piece:
“Mr. Trump had an idea about how to counter the nuclear threat posed by North Korea, which he got after speaking to Russian President Vladimir Putin: If the U.S. stopped joint military exercises with the South Koreans, it could help moderate Kim Jong Un’s behavior.”
Of course, at the time, he was still calling Kim Jong-Un “Little Rocket Man,” so a summit was out of the question.
It remains highly suspect, however, that the major exchange Trump made in the “deal” he just signed with the brutal dictator is one that was apparently conveyed to him by another brutal dictator. There’s also a sharp irony in the fact that Trump could pass an idea straight from Putin across a table to the leader of a country that was in the “Axis of Evil” just a short while ago, but seems ready to all but go to war with Canada.
How can even Trump’s own FBI or even Department of Homeland Security trust him at this point?
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