At a press convention in Hanoi on Thursday, Trump mentioned of Kim, “I’ll take him at his phrase.”
That is whose phrase Trump accepts. That is the management Trump calls nice.
After all, this doesn’t imply that Trump ought to by no means meet and be civil with dictators. However gushing is elective — and, in his case, it seems appallingly honest.
As a substitute, Trump walked away. That got here as a reduction to these of us who feared a really disastrous deal. And, sure, he has managed to scale back the temperature within the relationship, reducing the chance of nuclear confrontation in the meanwhile. However in so doing, he has additionally made the world cringe — unnecessarily praising a ruthless ruler, and eternally tarnishing America’s picture as an (admittedly flawed) advocate of human dignity for all.
Trump’s efficiency in Hanoi helps clarify why though Cohen, a convicted liar, has critical credibility issues, his testimony in Congress rang true. Trump has proven the world that ideas play a minimal function, if any, in his conduct. He defended and praised the person whose regime’s brutality led to the dying of Warmbier, a younger American scholar responsible of probably the most minor of infractions.
It was a shameful day for America.