Trump just provoked outrage from Republicans by selling out an innocent American to Kim Jong-un

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In a turn of events that should surprise absolutely no one, President Trump’s much-hyped summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un in Vietnam this week ended up being an utterly humiliating diplomatic debacle for the United States.

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While the Republican Party initially tried to tout it as some historic event to move the world towards a safer, more peaceful place, it was clear from the beginning that it would likely turn out to be nothing more than a series of photo-ops and a chance for the president to sell his supporters on the idea of himself as some master statesman.

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In the end, no deal was struck, and Trump succeeded only in giving Kim Jong-un an international platform that he will in turn use as propaganda to increase his standing at home. The United States got nothing.

And that wasn’t even the worst of it.

Today, Trump addressed the tragic death of Otto Warmbier, an American who was captured by the North Koreans and died shortly after his release in 2017. The president betrayed Warmbier’s memory by saying that while he accepts that “something very bad happened to him” he doesn’t believe the “top leadership knew about it,” whitewashing Kim Jong-un’s role in Warmbier’s imprisonment and subsequent passing.

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Trump added that Kim Jong-un — the brutal totalitarian who in the past has had his own government officials torn apart by anti-aircraft guns — claims to feel “very badly” about Warmbier’s treatment and insists he didn’t know about it. Stunningly, Trump says he is taking the murderous dictator at his word. Either the president is being incredibly naive, or he simply doesn’t care about Warmbier’s death and has decided he’d rather ingratiate himself with Kim than stand up for a dead American.

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His comments today mirror the time that he chose to believe Russian President Vladimir Putin over the American intelligence community when the former insisted that North Korean missiles didn’t post a threat to the United States and the latter assured him he did. Time and again, Trump demonstrates a deeply disturbing penchant for taking our adversaries’ word at face value.

Our president lacks the strength or even the desire to stand up for America.

So egregious were Trump’s comments, that even Republicans are condemning them, with some choosing to criticize the president directly, and others taking more subtle shots at him.

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Democrats and independents also got in on the action, rightfully slamming President Trump for his cowardice and weakness.

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All Americans must condemn Trump’s words and hopefully, this finally acts as a wakeup call to the few remaining sane supporters of the president: abandon ship, this man is no patriot.

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Robert Haffey

Robert Haffey is a political writer, filmmaker, and winner of the ScreenCraft Writing Fellowship. He is a graduate of Drexel University.

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