by Sharon Rondeau
(Oct. 7, 2017) — On Saturday afternoon, President Donald J. Trump indicated, as he has in the recent past, that he views negotiations with the North Korean communist regime over the last quarter-century to have been ineffective and “a waste of time.”
“Presidents and their administrations have been talking to North Korea for 25 years, agreements made and massive amounts of money paid…..” Trump wrote in his first tweet, signaling that he would complete his thought in a subsequent tweet.
“…hasn’t worked, agreements violated before the ink was dry, makings [sic] fools of U.S. negotiators,” he then wrote, concluding with, “Sorry, but only one thing will work!”
At the conclusion of a dinner meeting with top military generals and their spouses on Thursday evening, Trump stated mysteriously as reporters took photographs that “You guys know what this represents? Maybe it’s the calm before the storm.”
As a reporter attempted to obtain clarification, Trump said, “We have the world’s great military leaders in this room.”
One month ago, Trump described the U.S.’s hypothetical military action against the hermit kingdom as “a very sad day” for North Korea. “Nothing’s inevitable,” Trump said during a press conference with Kuwait’s leader. “Our military has never been stronger,” Trump said, referring to increased congressional military appropriations under his watch.
Trump has hinted at a “devastating military option” with North Korea in the event that its dictator, Kim Jong-Un, chooses to continue to threaten his neighbors, U.S. interests, and the world with his country’s nuclearization and aggression, as evidenced by six nuclear tests over the last 11 years.
Prior to the dinner on Thursday, the AP reported that “the president had lauded the group, including his defense secretary and chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and said they would be discussing the most pressing military issues facing the country, including North Korea and Iran.”
In a period of just over three weeks between late August and mid-September, Kim Jong-Un fired two unprovoked missiles over the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido and threatened to launch an attack against the U.S. territory of Guam.
During the second week of August, Trump said that the U.S. is prepared to launch a military response against North Korea by being “locked and loaded.”
When questioned on Friday as to what his Thursday night comments signified, Trump responded, “You’ll see.”
Last weekend, Trump appeared to disagree with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson after Tillerson suggested that a pathway for negotiations with the rogue nation were open. The State Department followed Tillerson’s remarks on September 30 by stating, “North Korean officials have shown no indication that they are interested in or are ready for talks regarding denuclearization.”
In March, Tillerson appeared to dismiss the possibility of negotiations with Jong-Un.
Two months ago, however, Tillerson took a more conciliatory tone after Trump responded to North Korea’s aggression by saying that if the North Koreans did not change course, “They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”
For his part, Jong-Un has uttered threats and denigrating remarks at Trump.
On September 15, CNS News reported Trump’s similar remarks made in regard to the deadline for a decision to be made on the “nuclear deal” with Iran forged by Trump’s predecessor and of which Trump has been highly critical. “You’ll see what I’m going to be doing very shortly, in October,” Trump was quoted as having said.
On Friday, multiple outlets reported that Trump plans to “decertify” the Iran agreement prior to the October 15 deadline for a decision. Congress would then vote on whether or not to apply formerly-utilized sanctions aimed at Iran’s economy.
The two tweets following those on North Korea were, respectively, responsive to “thebradfordfile,” which tweeted its support of Trump running and winning in 2020, and to announce his attendance at a private fundraiser in Greensboro, NC on Saturday night.
Sharon Rondeau has published daily and breaking news at The Post & Email for the last 7½ years focusing on government corruption. She has provided coverage not found elsewhere on Barack Hussein Obama’s long-form birth certificate and Selective Service registration form, both of which were found to be fraudulent by a five-year criminal investigation but remain unaddressed by the U.S. government.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.