President Donald Trump proved his legendary deal-making skills by delivering the goods in a “huge” way. Even his enemies are calling the peace deal he stunningly brokered, “historic.” Top leaders of the two countries have never met officially until now.
“Nice to meet you, Mr. President,” Kim said through his interpreter. “We will have a terrific relationship,” Trump replied. “I have no doubt.”
The deal says no nukes on the peninsula but we get to keep ours hanging over his head. That item was never on the table.
Instead of dumping a fortune testing ballistic missiles, which only upsets the rest of the world, the Hermit Kingdom “could have the best hotels in the world.” That would be a great first step to jump-start a real economy. “Think of it from a real estate perspective,” Trump explained to Kim.
“You have South Korea, you have China” they own the land in the middle. “How bad is that, right?” President Trump noted. “It’s great.”
South Korea was not happy to hear about the cancellation of the war games, which they see as necessary for stability in the region.
Not only is the document they signed “a terrific document,” there are “things that we negotiated after that document that are also very important.” The President wasn’t free to divulge details but noted, “they’re going to get rid of certain ballistic missile sites and various other things.”
The important part is done. “We have the framework of getting ready to denuclearize North Korea.”
When asked to clarify if that means the “nuclear umbrella that we have over South Korea is on the table for negotiation,” President Trump firmly said “No.”
“That means that they’re going to get rid of their nuclear weapons. We never even discussed the other. They’re going to get rid of their nuclear weapons, George, and I think they want to do it relatively quickly.”
“He’s de-nuking. I mean, he’s de-nuking the whole place. It’s going to start very quickly. I think he’s going to start now,” Trump added.
The big commitment touched on things that couldn’t be fully revealed. “they’re getting rid of certain missile areas and they’re not going to be sending missiles up. They’re not doing research.”
In exchange, President Trump explained “I’m doing something that I’ve wanted to do from the beginning. We stopped playing those war games that cost us a fortune.”
“Every couple of months we’re doing war games with South Korea, and I said ‘What’s this costing?’ We’re flying planes in from Guam, we’re bombing empty mountains for practice.”
“I want to stop that and I will stop that. I think it’s very provocative.” Instead, president Trump wants to build a lasting solution.
“We’re starting from scratch. We’re starting right now, and we have to get rid of those nuclear weapons.”
President Trump does not see “trust” as the key issue. He knows he can trust Kim about as far as he can throw him. All deals are made by parties who distrust each other.
“I’ve done a lot of deals with a lot of people, and sometimes the people that you most distrust turn out to be the most honorable ones, and the people that you do trust, they are not the honorable ones.”
President Trump was ecstatic at how well relations have improved in the past year. “This has been a very big day in terms of the world. A lot of people have been saying it’s historic.”
The interviewer replied, “We’re calling it historic.” President Trump chuckled as he responded back, “yeah, even my enemies are calling it historic.” No other president ever made the effort to negotiate personally with North Korean leaders.
Stephanopoulos mentioned that Kim’s father “made agreements with the United States and said he was going to freeze the nuclear weapons then backslid.”
Trump acknowledged the subject came up in the meetings. Kim “talks about that. He didn’t because he was let down by the United States, but that’s irrelevant. His father never dealt with a president.” “We are going to get this done.”
We aren’t just going to take their word on compliance. “We’re going to be verifying, and we’re going to be working with them.”
President Trump vows that his intelligence team, headed by CIA director John Bolton, will be working closely with North Korea. “Today we introduced him to John Bolton which was a very interesting thing.”
The reason the introduction was so interesting is that Mr. Bolton’s recent remarks about Libya almost derailed the peace conference at the last minute.
When Bolton was working for President George W. Bush, they intimidated Libya’s dictator, Moammar Gadhafi into dropping his nuclear program in exchange for not being bombed and sanctions relief. Less than ten years later, we bombed Libya and killed Gadhafi.
Bolton has been playing bad cop to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who assured Kim that he does not have to worry about meeting the same fate as Gadhafi, as long as he keeps his end of the bargain. If Kim starts getting sneaky, Pompeo will sick Bolton on him.