Saturday, June 16, 2018

Let's Make A Deal

"You gotta hand it to him."
This is what some people, even my wife, have been saying about our "President's" summit with North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un. The handshake alone was a photo op some sixty years in the making. A sitting U.S. president had never met with the sitting leader of North Korea. And so they sat. For this, some people say "You gotta hand it to him."
Sitting down with the man he had so recently referred to as "Little Rocket Man" and opening with a fat joke shows just what kind of exacting preparation our "President" went through in anticipation of this historic meeting.
You gotta hand it to him.
The on-again-off-again summit between these two countries came to pass more or less along the lines as previously described just before it was cancelled in a fit of pique by the White House. And was back on again just as quickly. What changed? Who cares?
You gotta hand it to him.
This was the same "President" who showed up at the G7 meeting in Canada just prior to jetting off to Singapore to make his fat joke, looking to ruffle feathers. Right now it's all about trade for our "President." He is all but foaming at the mouth about tariffs and deals made over the past century. For him, none of it is fair, and if other countries don't look out, they'll have to go without our Made In The USA goodies, and we won't be buying any more of their overpriced goop and gadgets made elsewhere.
You gotta hand it to him.
So just before the G7 leaders went off to discuss climate change and the Paris Accord, our "President" excused himself to go and shake hands with the man he had been threatening with nuclear annihilation ten months ago. A little fire and fury, anyone?
You gotta hand it to him.
Which leaves us with a "President" who seems much more interested in forging new and interesting real estate deals with countries like Russia and North Korea, while our allies wonder where the love has gone. He told Kim Jong Un, "As an example, they have great beaches. You see that whenever they are exploding their cannons into the ocean. I said, boy, look at that view, wouldn't that make a great condo? And I explained it. I said, instead of doing that, you could have the best hotels in the world."
You gotta hand it to him? 
No. I don't. 

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