Opinion of Elder Patriot – Following his historic visit to North Korea, the propaganda media overwhelmed us with a single talking point deriding President Trump for cozying up to a dictator.
That, however, was not the case when former President Barack Obama reopened relations with Cuba.
The media lauded Obama for opening relations with Cuba’s Marxist government but ignored the open display of disrespect that Castro showed to the feckless U.S. president.
Then-candidate Trump explained:
“So President Obama landed in Cuba, and the head of Cuba, who was there for the pope and he was there for other dignitaries that come in, but he wasn’t there for the president of the United States. I mean, we are amateur hour, folks — amateur hour!
“And honestly, Obama should have turned the plane around and left. No, he should have. He should have turned it around, should have said bye-bye…we’ll see you in a couple of years, maybe a couple of decades.”
Compare that to the greeting DPRK Chairman Kim Jong-un prepared for President Trump:
Aware that nothing he does will be positively reported by the permanent government-media complex, President Trump called attention to Mark Levin’s number one bestseller, Unfreedom of the Press, rather than correct their reporting for the umpteenth time.
Mark Levin has written a big number one bestselling book called, conspicuously and accurately, “Unfreedom of the Press.” It is a great book that tells it like it is, fake news and all. Keep this book number one!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 2, 2019
China has been holding North Korea hostage for many decades. No U.S. president before Donald Trump was willing to defend the DPRK or the American worker.
President Trump employed our economic advantage to advance American security interests by forcing China into a potential disastrous public relations loss after outmaneuvering Xi on two fronts – trade and its ongoing control over North Korea.
President Trump used tariffs to maneuver the Chinese economy into a box.
Supreme Leader Donald Trump also knows that losing face is unacceptable in Chinese culture. Trump has used both to his (our) advantage.
During the past two weeks we have witnessed President Trump magnanimously allow China’s Chairman Xi Jingping to save face by giving Xi clearance to advance the narrative that without China’s involvement President Trump and DPRK Chairman Kim Jong-un would not have met.
(Global Times) “The third meeting between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un took place on Sunday in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) of Panmunjom, which divides North and South Korea, with experts saying the historic event shows China’s mediation has successfully encouraged the two sides to build an amicable relationship.”
That’s a creative way of packaging the fact that President Trump’s tariffs have brought China economic pain and the specter of additional tariffs on the $300-plus billion dollars China sells to the United States, would bring the Chinese economy to its knees.
So President Trump, intent on freeing Chairman Kim during these hostage negotiations allowed Chairman Xi to save face:
Ten days before the Kim-Trump meeting, President Xi Jinping made a historic visit to North Korea, with one of the key aims being to show political support and help North Korea and the US to break the deadlock in their negotiations, Zheng said.
Xi also met Trump in Osaka on the sidelines of the G20 Summit on Saturday, when they also discussed the peninsula issue. Xi has encouraged both Kim and Trump to push forward negotiations and reach an agreement eventually.
Zheng said the third Kim-Trump meeting proves that China’s mediation and encouragement are effective, and at least the friendly atmosphere of the region has been rebuilt successfully.
“Without China’s encouragement, Trump might not be so confident to propose such a meeting at the DMZ so soon, since he would not have been sure what Kim was thinking,” according to Zheng.
In exchange for his generosity, China’s Xi freed Chairman Kim to begin serious negotiations that could lead to a denuclearized North Korea.
Frankly, it took a set of brass balls to tread where no prior American president had the courage to go.
Except that Trump had begun orchestrating the strategy we saw playing out from the beginning of his term, and that strategy is now on the brink of freeing an entire nation of 28,000,000 people without paying a penny in ransom.
Compare that to former President Obama who paid $1.6 Billion to Iran to ostensibly secure the release of four American hostages after releasing $150 Billion to the world’s most aggressive funder of terrorism.