This Is Unacceptable

The President should walk this back. It is unacceptable for the leader of the free world to excuse this.

It is one thing for President Trump to try to find a deal with the North Koreans that will get them to disarm. It is another thing entirely to praise a genocidal dictator. This is completely unacceptable. The President of the United States should never, ever defend the closest modern equivalent to Hitler.

This is unbecoming the office of the President of the United States. We are to be a shining city on a hill, not a morally relativistic apologist for genocide. Some things are not worth a deal. Turning a blind eye to or serving as an apologist for this genocidal maniac are in that category.

The President will never apologize. He should, however, walk this back.

Comments
No. 1-25
Jules*
Jules*

INIQUITY! INIQUITY! WAHHHHHH WAHHHHH WAHHHHH

Jules*
Jules*

Wahhhhh wahhhhhh wahhhhhh! Trump bad, wahhhhh wahhhhh wahhhhh! Trump not enough of a diplomat, wahhhhh wahhhhh wahhhh! Trump too diplomatic! Wahhhhh wahhhh wahhhh!

"At least Obama got the deal signed,..." but if Kim signs Trump deal it won't count! Wahhhh wahhhh wahhhh! Trump too strong, will start a nuclear war with NoKo! Trump too weak, wahhhh wahhhh wahhhh!

"Separating children" WAHHHHHHHH WAHHHHHHHH WAHHHHHHH

You guys are so predictable in your blind hate-driven drivel. It would be amusing to watch, if your whining and bitching and moaning and constant reversals of what freaks you out about Trump were not so annoying.

jamesbo
jamesbo

degenerate trump's moral compass is so low, that he doesn't perceive the evil in evil!! A truly dangerous, self-exalting leader!! A prime time example of the mystery of iniquity!!

Chevy99
Chevy99

Well there you have it. We must operate our country as only a failed conman can. I wonder what Curt's excuse will be when nothing even comes from our "leaders" heroic deal making skills. At least Obama got the deal signed, little boy Trump couldn't even deliver that. The foreign policy of this Administration is a horrid failure on every level. Separating Children, insulting our longest allies, creating trade wars with our longest allies, making deals with our enemies while they enrich his personal pockets, excusing genecide, and all of it for what? What could possibly be accomplished worth all that?

curtmilr
curtmilr
Swan
Swan said: @curtmilr you said, "In a negotiation, you don't insult your counter party." Trump was not in a negotiation - instead, he was on US national news media, answering reporters questions - when he praised the North Korean dictator and defended his human rights abuses as simple 'mistakes' that every country makes. You act as if this deal is a victory. I have a simple question for you: where is the PROOF? Deals mean nothing while they are still just words. And that's all this deal is: words. Words from a man with a history of blatantly lying to US Presidents about this exact thing. There are no corresponding actions. And if you truly believe that North Korea is going to surrender the only bargaining chip they have (i.e. nuclear weapons) that forces first world countries to have to negotiate with them before just deciding to attack them, perhaps you should reconsider. If you think Kim really cares enough to prevent worse privations for his people (brought on by our extreme sanctions), maybe you should examine the sort of conditions under which he already forces them to live. Kim has a well-practiced strategy for dealing with pressure from the United States to denuclearize. He consents, makes a deal, and then turns around and doesn't denuclearize. Why would this time be any different? You say, if Trump's deal doesn't work out, no harm, no foul. Actually, the reality is thatTrump's flattery (or face-saving, as you like to call it) has ALREADY done international damage. The whole world heard the leader of the free world explain away the human rights abuses of a modern Hitler. The whole world heard one of the Allies flatter a modern-day Axis-style power, and dismiss his concentration camps as mere 'mistakes.' What the leader of the free world says about bad actors creates ripples across the world. Allies revisit their contingency plans and determine what they will do if the worst happens. Depending what is said, bad actors may shiver in their boots, brandish their swords, feel emboldened by our weakness, or desperately try to find a way to negotiate themselves out of trouble. Trump's negotiation was weak, since he gave a concession to North Korea without even first requiring proof that they were keeping their end of the deal. His salute of an enemy general who is responsible for human genocide was even weaker. His excuse-making for the atrocities in North Korea is the weakest. He is making America look weak, like a country who can't even bring itself to call out a bad actor over running concentration camps. And that makes the whole world a far less safe place.

I sincerely disagree.

So long as the general intentions of the deal are under discussion, the negotiations ARE continuing. A framework isn't a deal until the details are agreed upon and acted upon.

Trump must be evaluated by what he does, not what he says.

Agreed, this is a new way of conducting diplomacy, but the old way has proven to be a dramatic failure for the whole of the 20th Century. Hell, Truman lost the peace after WWII, precipitating the Cold War. Even though Reagan's real politick defeated the Soviets, the tactics used spawned Islamic terrorism.

You simply see international damage that I don't believe is real in the new diplomatic world. The old Foggy Bottom ways you insist upon are done!