Trump and Kim Agree to Compare Buttons In Person

If two leaders known for their bombast can both declare victory and spare us the nuclear war, it's a good thing.

The oldest trick in the book for a small, unknown competitor is to challenge the biggest company to a high-stakes test. And the big company never, ever goes for it because they can only lose.

Except President Trump. He fell for it with Kim Jong Un, who has absolutely nothing to lose and everything to gain by being in the press face to face with the President of the United States. Maybe Trump considers this "winning" economically against a country which has no moral issue starving every single civilian within its borders, wiping out whole families because one member read a Bible, kidnapping an American student on a fluff charge and then shipping him home irreversibly brain-damaged and days from death.

You be the judge.

So President Trump and Maximum Leader Rocket Man Un seem to have agreed to meet.

The South Korean official, Chung Eui-yong, who conveyed the invitation told reporters that Mr. Trump had accepted it and would meet with Mr. Kim by May. The White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, confirmed Mr. Trump’s acceptance, saying that the president would “meet with Kim Jong Un at a place and time to be determined. We look forward to the denuclearization of North Korea. In the meantime, all sanctions and maximum pressure must remain.”

I don't know what the meeting will be like, other than two men comparing the size of their, ahem, buttons.

I do know that nothing constructive will come of it. I know it because North Korean leaders lie about everything. Culturally, lying is not a sin or even wrong to them. They do not value the truth, only results. For Trump, results also matter, and the truth is a--let's call it malleable--thing.

But Trump will be lied to, and he will be expected, by the world community (many who whom will be suppressing laughter and the rest will be suppressing horror), to represent some degree of truth as the leader of the world's only superpower. Kim will not have to keep to a single promise or statement he makes. Trump will be vilified for any concessions, or blamed if war actually breaks out.

In marketing, a move like this would be like Nike accepting a performance challenge from Baller Brand with $5 million on the line. Nike would have nothing to win, and Baller would win even if they lose.

It's a sucker bet. And now we know who goes for sucker bets.

The only silver lining here is that after these two finally meet and both declare unmitigated victory, we might be spared a nuclear war to prove who has the bigger button.

Other than that, parody has found its place in real life. SNL could not convey this meeting in any more satire than the actual thing. If that doesn't trouble you, maybe you've eaten one too many Tide Pods.

It sounds like cooler heads are prevailing and post-conditions for the meet up are finally being set (post Trump accepting the invitation on a whim that is). Since nothing can be verified in a month or two it sounds like this won't even happen. Wish Trump would delegate this one. I don't trust him negotiating anything.


Actually, I have no idea what's going on now:

Thursday Sanders said that Trump “will accept the invitation to meet with Kim Jong Un at a place and time to be determined.”

On Friday she added the talks will not take place unless North Korea takes “concrete and verifiable actions” toward denuclearization.

She continued: “They have made some major promises. They have made promises to denuclearize. They have made promises to stop nuclear and missile testing,” ... “We’re not going to have this meeting take place until we see concrete actions that match the words and the rhetoric of North Korea.”

She repeatedly asserted that North Korea had “promised” to denuclearize and said the meeting would not take place until that process had started.

Also on Thursday, another senior administration official said “At this point, we’re not even talking about negotiations. What we’re talking about is an invitation by the leader of North Korea to meet face-to-face with the president of the United States. The president has accepted that invitation.”

A reporter asked: “Is there a possibility that these talks with North Korea with Kim Jong-Un may not happen?”

Sanders responded:
“A lot of things are possible. I won’t sit here and walk through every hypothetical that could exist in the world, but I can tell you the president accepted that invitation on the basis that you have concrete and verifiable steps.”

Also Friday, less than 90 minutes after Sanders first announcement a WH official said:

“The invitation has been extended and accepted, and that stands."

Typical Trump Administration, taking every side of an issue and splitting it all within the same day. Flipping a coin would be as reialbe as listening to them. That said Sanders has a really, really tough job to be Trumps press secretary and look like anything better than a total ass clown is to do a phenomenal job.

The meeting will never happen. This is another instance of Trump soiling his diaper. Soon the adults will clean him up and the room will smell better for a while. And like clockwork, he will do it again on something else.

We can do all of those things without a meeting. Reagan didn't meet with the Soviets for almost 5 years after taking office. The Soviets were also a world power and a legitimate world threat. NK isn't close to anything like that. They are dangerous to their neighbors and could kill a large number of people quickly, but they don't have a sliver of the military capability of the USSR in 1985. Kim makes himself more powerful by meeting with Trump, even if nothing comes out of it. He gets to pretend to be a world power, which is going to make the situation worse. The solution is to get. China to take him out.