Trump just confused North and South Korea in humiliating phone call blunder

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President Trump may need to check with his doctor again to see if he is showing early signs of dementia, based on his confusion about one of the most sensitive issues in the world today – the threat of nuclear war.

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On Saturday, Trump said he got a phone call from North Korea and that it sought talks with the U.S., according to a report in the Washington Post. 

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Trump said at the time he “won’t rule out direct talks with (North Korean leader) Kim Jong Un.”

“Now we’re talking,” Trump said with enthusiasm. “They, by the way, called up a couple of days ago. They said, ‘we would like to talk.’ And I said, ‘so would we, but you have to denuke.'”

Such a communication would be a major breakthrough, especially as it comes only a short time after North Korea backed out of a meeting with Vice President Mike Pence when he was in South Korea for the Winter Olympics.

And it was only last month that North Korea again insisted it will never give up its nuclear weapons.

On Sunday night at the annual Gridiron Dinner, Trump repeated his big news as part of the lighthearted banter, per a tradition at the dinner where the president and the press dress up and insult each other.

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“I would not rule out direct talks Kim Jong Un,” said Trump again. “I just won’t. As far as the risk of dealing with a madman is concerned, that’s his problem, not mine. He must be a fine man.”

Trump then declared with all seriousness that he “saved the Olympics” by taking such a hard line with North Korea.

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He said. “That’s true, whether people want to hear it. And they had a very successful Olympics. That was heading for disaster.”

However, it turns out it is premature to get Trump fitted a golden lasso off of which to hang his Nobel Peace Prize. A booby prize might be more in order.

Yonhap News, a South Korean news agency, reports today that the call Trump was referring to was not from North Korea; but rather was from South Korea. 

A White House official on the National Security Council told Yonhap that on March 1st that the president of South Korea, Moon Jae-in, called the White House to brief Trump on recent developments with North Korea.

Both leaders reported the South Korean news agency, “noted their firm position that any dialogue with North Korea must be conducted with the explicit and unwavering goal of complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization.”

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Moon also informed Trump that South Korea was sending an envoy to Pyongyang for talks with the North Koreans, which would be the first time that Kim Jong-un has meet with officials from South Korea.

The 10-member delegation did arrive in the North Korean capital today and met with Kim Jong-un, who took power in December 2011.

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It’s cause for concern when the American president thinks he is talking to a North Korean when he is talking to the leader of South Korea, one of the most important U.S. allies, considering there are thousands of American troops stationed there along with weapons of mass destruction. 

It is also not funny at a time the threat of nuclear war involving the U.S. and North Korea is at a dangerously high level compared to any other time since the 1950s, and one mistake could be a threat to the continued survival of much of the human species.

If Trump is so easily confused about something so important, then maybe it is time for his own cabinet to consider invoking the 25th amendment to keep his tiny hands off the nuclear football, before he punts it toward North Korea and starts World War III.

Unlike the false alert recently in Hawaii, this is not fake news, it is not a false alert, it is a real problem involving an inexperienced, volatile, unpredictable egomaniac who as he has said has a very big button that he can push at any time.

Trump is very dangerous, and this is not a joke. 

Benjamin Locke

Benjamin Locke is a retired college professor with an undergraduate degree in Industrial Labor and Relations from Cornell University and an MBA from the European School of Management.

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