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Prequel To The Trump-Kim Summit

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Prequel To The Trump-Kim Summit

Prequel To The Trump-Kim Summit
February 26
18:15 2019

There will be no reason to check out the news after President Trump’s meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.  Those stories have already been reported.  According to the bubble encapsulated east coast media, the summit in Vietnam will be a total failure.  The United States will get nothing, and Trump will surrender too much to the Kim regime.  There will be no progress in de-nuclearizing the Korean peninsula.

Much of this reporting is based on the “fact” that America got nothing from the summit in Singapore – absolutely nothing.  So sayeth the anti-Trump press.  For a profession that does an inordinate about of bragging about telling the truth, that is not just disinformation or censorship.  That is a lie – a whopper.

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So, what did Trump get in the past?  It is irrefutable that it achieved a reduction in tension.  You may recall that prior to the summit it was all insults and saber rattling – and the very real possibility of military action against North Korea.

Trump also got a secession of the nuclear bomb and missile testing.  That is not the whole package, but it is progress.  That was a welcome result in Japan, where previously Kim’s missiles were violating their air space.  It was also a relief to Guam, which was in the bull’s eye of those test rockets.

We also have to remember that in the lead-up to the summit – and to create a more positive atmosphere – Kim released those American prisoners.  Previous presidents had tried to bring them home but failed.

For the first time since the cease-fire in 1952, the remains of America’s missing in action were returned, and that process continues as Kim has agreed to keep searching and identifying.

One of the most important outcomes of the Trump diplomacy has been the improved relationship between North and South Korea – something that seemed inconceivable in the recent past.  This came about by Trump’s inclusion of the American allies in all the behind-the-scenes negotiations.  After several summits between the North and South Korean heads-of-state, there is an opportunity for trade, diplomatic presence and an official end of the war that fell silent, at least, two generations ago.

And what did Trump give up?

Critics say that he gave Kim and undeserved presence on the world stage.  So, what?  I mean, really.  In some way, it puts Kim under more pressure to give up the nuclear bombs because he has made that promise to the world – and he very much wants to keep moving with a more positive image.

Trump also canceled the joint military exercises with South Korea.  In reality that does nothing to diminish our military capabilities in the region.  They were as much a public relations exhibition as a necessary military training activity.

Most importantly, Trump did NOT reduce any of the sanctions on North Korea – and that is what Kim wants, and needs, the most.

The negotiations with North Korea is a process.  One can complain that progress is not being made quickly enough, but there is no doubt that things are moving in the right direction.

It is a pity – and damaging to America’s interest – that so much of our mainstream media has put their biased political interests ahead of the interests of the United States and the rest of the world.  Their efforts to undermine Trump politically in advanced of his summit – and presumably after – is shameful.

So. There ‘tis

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Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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  1. Fred
    Fred February 28, 03:11

    This is so true,

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  2. TA1
    TA1 February 28, 05:54

    the best predictor of the future, is the past. Trump “Trump-eted” his prior meeting with Kim, and it was all sound and fury signifying nothing. Meanwhile he is predicting great strides with China, a county whose diplomatic relationship he himself totally screwed up.
    So I expect more of the same from him.

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    • Dr. Mike Reeder
      Dr. Mike Reeder February 28, 19:51

      Mr. Trump has NOT screw up our relationship with China.He is attempting to make trade more fair. If THAT isn’t a good thing I don’t know what is. Every year out trade deficit with China was laughable and it was getting worse, adding to our overall national debt. He is at least trying and yes a good measure of the future id the past…. for those incapable of learning anything.

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  3. baggriff
    baggriff February 28, 16:44

    I don’t understand why there is not at least one person in the news on CBS, ABC, NBC, CNN, MSNBC, that can’t see that we have made more progress in the last two (2) Years with North Korea then since the cease fire in 1952!!
    We need a peace treaty with North Korea!! As Dr. Franklin would say”Common sense is not common”!

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  4. WillyZ
    WillyZ February 28, 18:35

    Now we definitely know it: TRUMP IS THE GREATEST, at least as far as promises and lies are concerned.

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  5. Rick
    Rick February 28, 21:31

    How should Trump approach an important deal? With a much touted negative attitude, expressing a sure failure? Of course not. Go in POSITIVE with great expectations, hoping that your enthusiasm will rub off on the counter party and great things get accomplished. I am glad those who criticize Trump for his high expectations are not running the country.

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  6. DG
    DG March 01, 00:12

    Mr. Horist, your own biases are blatantly obvious in this article. I suggest you re-examine reporting done by the “evil” east coast media. There has been reporting about N.K. not conducting tests since the Singapore summit. There has been reporting about the improved relations between North and South Korea. There has been reporting about the continuation of sanctions. All of these major news outlets that you constantly criticize have reported on those items.

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  7. Doug C.
    Doug C. March 02, 08:43

    Lots of PTSD here (Post Trumpatic Stress Disorder) but not even the most tentative attempt to contest the entirety of what Larry Horist wrote.

    Bubba, Bush II and Obama did nothing but funnel pallets full of aid to the Norks while financing their nuclear program.

    The poster TAI needs to change his name to LIe. That’s all he does on this site.

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