By now, Americans are used to President Trump’s incessant and unceasing lies. Both his supporters and his critics have grown numb to it all, almost to the point that we’ve come to expect him to lie about issues big and small.
But while the American public has perhaps learned to navigate around and through his deceptive tweets, his exaggerations, and the outright web of lies he’s been spinning on everything from Russian collusion to hush money payments to porn stars, the rest of the world still has this quaint belief that leaders should tell the truth, particularly on matters that concern their respective countries.
Case in point is North Korea. After months of dangerous, petulant Twitter brinkmanship, including name-calling and threatening North Korea with “fire and fury,” President Trump has decided to go all-in and gamble on an unprecedented face to face meeting with Kim Jong-un. His hope is that, through the sheer force of his charisma, he’ll be able to compel North Korea to abandon their nuclear program and surrender their arsenal of warheads and ballistic missiles.
Last month, however, South Korean President Moon Jae-in secured a pledge from Kim that the two countries would work toward the total denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula – effectively stealing Trump’s thunder.
The president and his supporters have been desperately trying to reclaim and reassert the narrative ever since. They’ve been thumping their chests more than usual over this, bending over backwards to credit Trump for every positive development in this saga, even if it means stretching the truth about Trump’s actual influence.
His supporters at a recent rally even started chanting “Nobel! Nobel!” hinting that the president deserves a Nobel Peace Prize simply for getting North Korea to the negotiating table.
North Korea, however, has a very different agenda for the upcoming talks, and they’re growing tired of Trump’s bragging and boasting about what he thinks he’s achieved at their expense.
According to a Reuters report Sunday, North Korea’s official state news agency accused President Trump of “misleading public opinion” and crediting his bullying and threats for the progress on the Korean Peninsula.
“The United States should not ‘deliberately provoke’ the North by moving to deploy strategic assets in South Korea and raising human rights issues” the Reuters report characterized the KCNA statement.
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“This act cannot be construed otherwise than a dangerous attempt to ruin the hardly-won atmosphere of dialogue and bring the situation back to square one,” the spokesman was quoted as saying.
“It would not be conducive to resolving the issue of denuclearization if Washington miscalculated North Korea’s ‘peace-loving intention’ as a sign of weakness and continued to pursue its pressure and military threats,” KCNA said.
In other words, lying has consequences, and Trump’s own lies told through his continual bragging and boasting just might sink any potential deal with North Korea.