Trump Sec. of State Mike Pompeo’s claim that the American people share objectives with Kim Jong-un was crazy and a fundamental violation of the democratic principles that the United States is based on.
Transcript via Fox News Sunday:
WALLACE: And as part of that are we in effect saying to Kim, if you give us what we want, you can stay on and power?
POMPEO: We will have to provide security assurances to be sure. This has been the trade-off that has been pending for 25 years. No president has ever put America in a position where the North Korean leadership thought that this was truly possible that the Americans would actually do this, would lead to the place where America was no longer held at risk by the North Korean regime. That’s the objectives.
When I said earlier this week that I think Chairman Kim shares the objectives with the American people, I’m convinced of that. Now, the task is for President Trump and he to meet to validate the process by which this would go forward, to set up those markers so that we can negotiate this outcome.
Pompeo was suggesting that a murderous dictator will get assurances from the United States that he can stay in power as long as Trump gets something that he can call a win. The goal of the United States should be a democratic North Korea where people are free from the kind of regime inflicted suffering, misery, and death that they live under now. Kim wants the economic aid, and the regime has been playing this game with the United States for more than thirty years, where they promise to denuclearize, take economic aid and then cheat.
The Trump administration has consistently aligned the US with dictators and authoritarians.
Trump’s objectives may be aligned with Kim Jong-un, but Donald Trump is not the American people.
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Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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