Mainstream media thinks that President Trump has lost his mind based on his provocative tweets at North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Trump’s tweet in response to Kim’s claim that he had a button on his desk he could push to launch nuclear weapons at the U.S. – that Trump had a bigger, more powerful button and his worked – spurred Bandy Lee, the Yale psychiatrist who is trying to make the case the president should be removed on 25th Amendment grounds because he is mentally unfit to serve, on her latest round of congressional briefings with far-left members.
But on the Korean peninsula, where staying alive is the order of the day, not political grandstanding, Trump’s rhetoric is seen in a different light.
The North Koreans have taken steps not seen in decades, and the government in South Korea has begun to acknowledge that Trump deserves a lot of credit.
“He should be very happy with the progress that is being made,” said Moon Chung-in, special adviser to the president of South Korea. “North Korea is really coming proactively to cooperate with South Korea. That’s an amazing reversal.”
Moon said in an interview on CNN International that the president, who has said in a tweet that he would like Kim to be his “friend,” encouraged South Korea to respond to the overtures and do what it can to capitalize on the opportunity. That included an agreement reached this week to enable North Korea’s athletes to compete in the Winter Olympics, which begin Feb. 9 in the South Korean city of Pyeongchang.
Moon said he believes the recent changes could lead to a breakthrough over time.
“North Korea is now an enormous problem state in the world,” Moon said. “[Participating in the Olympics] will make North Korea more normal in the world. You cannot achieve in any negotiation everything all at once – human rights improvement, democracy in North Korea, removal of weapons of mass destruction, including biological weapons. But if North Korea gets good treatment, warm treatment, it will begin to change its behavior.”
Moon said the South Korean government will not make any moves without close consultation and coordination with the US. But since the U.S. favors progress, that is not a problem.
“President Trump is who said go ahead with the talks,” Moon said.
“[Trump] deserves credit,” Moon said. “He channeled communications between Pyongyang and Washington so that the only choice would be for it to come through Seoul. That’s a very smart move … that North Korea would come to South Korea and then go to Washington.”
Moon pointed to President Trump’s decision to forego joint military exercises with South Korea until later in the year to avoid problems with the Olympics as a forward-thinking example of necessary American flexibility – and one with precedent since both President Clinton and President George H.W. Bush had done so early.
“This is real, tangible progress,” Moon said.
Meanwhile, a quick check of news on North Korea and the U.S. makes it seem as if the U.S. media is not following the story: the New York Daily News ran a story headlined “U.S., North Korea closer than ever to nuclear war,” and MSN had one headlined, “Is the U.S. at war with North Korea?”