While most Americans have come to accept that our president will never be an eloquent orator, is it really too much to ask that he’s at least coherent?
Today, Trump held a press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe in which they primarily discussed the planned Singapore summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. As expected, Trump stuck to his usual playbook of tawdry self-aggrandizement and inane chatter about how well the United States is doing.
Our conman leader also took potshots at previous administration for not solving the tension with North Korea which is, of course, a case of premature celebration on Trump’s part because he hasn’t actually solved anything yet. It remains to be seen if anything substantive will actually come from the summit, or if it will just be a big PR win for the North Koreans and an opportunity for Trump to play make-believe as a dealmaking diplomat.
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The president ended the press conference with a truly unintelligible string of words that at no point coalesced into a complete thought.
“I believe we’re going to have a terrific success or a modified success, but in one form or another if it all goes and things can happen between now and then, but I know many of you are going and I look forward to seeing you there,” Trump rambled.
It’s unclear what a “modified success” is, but it’s probably something like an “alternative fact” that is to say, no success at all. Trump seems to already be laying the groundwork for painting a failure as a victory. Laughably, the absurd turn of phrase was the only part of his spiel that even approached some semblance of making sense.
This is not the first time Trump has stepped up to a mic and spewed nonsense, but it does reignite the concerns that whatever mental facilities he maintains could be deteriorating. A man this incapable of stringing together cogent thoughts is the last person in the world we need negotiated denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
Trump closes with some inscrutable words of wisdom: "I believe we're going to have a terrific success or a modified success. But in one form or another, if it all goes. And things can happen between now and then. But I know many of you are going." pic.twitter.com/IHxSBVB2xy
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 7, 2018