Do we dismiss this as nothing more than an “Art of the Deal” tango?
We’ve been back and forth with North Korea. Despite the handshake between the two leaders, Kim Jong-un is acting up. Word has it NK is making improvements to one of its nuclear sites. And while Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited with North Korean officials and said progress was being made, North Korea described the experience as “regrettable.”
I don’t know what the deal is.
Trump, however, offered a very tempered response to the ongoing developments.
I have confidence that Kim Jong Un will honor the contract we signed &, even more importantly, our handshake. We agreed to the denuclearization of North Korea. China, on the other hand, may be exerting negative pressure on a deal because of our posture on Chinese Trade-Hope Not!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 9, 2018
To make matters weirder, Trump confirmed Tuesday that he has a very specific gift for the North Korean dictator: An Elton John CD with “Rocket Man” on it.
Trump, who famously referred to Kim as “Little Rocket Man” back before he opened talks with the North Koreans about their nuclear weapons programs, said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was unable to deliver the music to Kim during a recent trip to Pyongyang.
“They didn’t give it; I have it for him,” Trump told reporters at the White House when asked about the classic Elton tune. “They didn’t give it. But it will be given at a different period.”
I have no idea what to make of that. On one hand, I’m totally annoyed. Don’t give that POS a darn THING. He sucks. He’s a DICTATOR who abuses his people. On the other hand, maybe this is troll beyond our wildest dreams. Maybe it’s actually to be taken as a demeaning gift. Like, “HAHA oh yeah. Remember that one time I called you ‘Little Rocket Man.’? It’s so cute how you think you’re powerful!”
The South Korean news outlet Chosun Ilbo reported that Trump and Kim discussed the “Rocket Man” song during the Singapore summit, and the president thought up the gift as he sent the secretary of State back to North Korea for more talks.
“Trump remembered the conversation and told Pompeo to take a CD with the song for Kim,” Chosun Ilbo reported. “He reportedly wrote a message on it and signed it.”
I don’t know. I go back and forth. Is Trump a troll master? What do you guys think?
h/t USA Today