Meet Donald Trump, the peace-monger. On the same week that the President who preaches Reagan-era “peace through strength” threatened to nuke North Korea out of existence, he is also expressing support for the upcoming peace talks between North and South Korea.
On Thursday, Trump also agreed with President Moon of South Korea that there wll be no military drills or operations along the border during the 2018 Winter Olympics.
The President seemed to be replying to the Korea doom-sayers on Morning Joe at 5:30 AM this morning when he tweeted that the “failed experts” are wrong, that the reason Jong-un is now ready to talk is because Trump is squeezing him with America’s military might.
“Talks are a good thing!” roared Trump, sounding like exactly the peace-monger some voters thought he might turn out to be.
But only after letting Rocket Man know in no uncertain terms how a nuclear war with the United States would turn out for North Korea.
CNN even admits that Trump’s strategy – tough rhetoric and sanctions, followed by peaceful diplomacy – is causing a “breakthrough”:
US President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in have agreed not to hold joint military drills during the Winter Olympic Games in February, Korea’s presidential office has said.
The announcement follows a diplomatic breakthrough that re-established communications between North and South Korea, though US officials took a skeptical stance Thursday about Kim’s sincerity in soothing tensions.
In a phone call on Thursday, Trump and Moon “agreed not to host joint military drills during the period of Pyeongchang Olympics,” in South Korea, the Blue House in Seoul said in a statement. The Games are scheduled for February 9 to 25.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has long bemoaned the joint US-South Korean drills and has often called them a direct threat to Pyongyang.
The breakthrough came after Kim expressed hope in his New Year’s Day address that his country might participate in the Olympics.
“America supports President Moon 100%,” Trump said to Moon during the 30-minute phone call, according to the Blue House statement.
The Bushes believed in peace through strength, but they became too corrupt and too wrapped up in global politics to exercise it.
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