Trump cancels North Korea trip

August 25, 2018 |

Disappointing turn of events, as President Trump has postponed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s planned trip to North Korea, due to a lack of significant progress by Kim Jong Un on denuclearization.  Trump’s tweet put the blame on China for lessening its pressure on North Korea due to the ongoing trade conflict, but his tweet sending “my warmest regards and respect to Chairman Kim. I look forward to seeing him soon!” was a masterpiece of passive-aggressive subtext.    

I’m sure this setback will spur more criticism of Trump for how he’s handling Kim by the talking heads and longtime Foggy Bottom diplomatic crowd who have been sneering and ridiculing him from the start, and continually carp that that’s not the way they would do it.

President Trump is trying a different tactic for dealing with Kim.  He told us upfront that his deal-making approach might work or it might not; and if it doesn’t, then he will return to sanctions and military options. Meanwhile, here’s something nobody on the cable news channels seems willing to say to all the arrogant Ivy League legacy alumni who routinely attack Trump’s efforts, so I’ll say it.

You have no room to criticize anyone. Trump wouldn’t even have to be dealing with a nuclear North Korea if your feckless jawboning and weak-kneed appeasement hadn’t proven to be a miserable failure for two decades.  Now, you want Trump to keep doing the same thing that’s proven not to work, which I believe is one definition of “insanity.”  Even if Trump’s efforts crash completely, and North Korea continues building nukes and firing missiles toward Japan, that will be the exact same situation that prevailed when he came into office and inherited this dangerous mess from you self-proclaimed diplomatic geniuses.  So until you come up with a better idea - even one - stop slamming the guy who’s at least trying something different than what you have proven doesn’t work.  

Or as humorist Ring Lardner put it: “’Shut up,’ he explained.”


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  • Lance E Brown

    08/27/2018 03:33 PM

    Just a quick redirect:
    Is it possible that someone might stand up in support of Ivanka? I get it that she has taken responsibility for the boarder family separations. The Trumps are in charge and that is the way it works when you are in the oval. You get credit for the good and blame for the bad. It is a function of the position and the “grown up” thing to do. But let’s be real. This has been going on since AT LEAST Clinton’s administration. This is simply the 1st to attempt to fix the problem. And it needs to be fixed …… A LOT! And may I suggest that part of the problem; a large part is that ICE is keeping awful records.
    In fact it seems that all they are tracking is the information that extols the virtues of ICE. (i.e. how have you safeguarded the U.S.? How many illegals have you deported? How many have criminal records? How many were associated with MS-13? )
    Try asking questions Like (i.e. where did the child go? Where are the parents? Is the child with an actual guardian?) Watch what you get as an answer. You won’t like it.

  • Amelia Little

    08/27/2018 08:23 AM

    Just what I have been thinking for a while now. For years, especially in the workplace, "But we've always done it this way" is not a good statement to make when change is coming. "This way" may have been effective at one time, but not so much now. "This way" may not ever have been a good way. As pointed out--doing the same thing over and over expecting different results is insanity. Thank you for your newsletter that brings some sanity back into the "news" of the day. Thank Sarah for her work--and I sure hope moving on from this job isn't in her plans in the next 6 years!!!!


    08/26/2018 10:35 AM

    Mr. Huckabee: I thank God for you and your daughter everyday and pray for you.
    You are the voices of multitudes of us in mainstream America... those of us who get frustrated and infuriated daily with the Far Left and their agenda. You are fighting so hard for our Republic. Please don't stop. Our future has never been as compromised and it is time for us to put the ex-Obama Administration on trial. LOCK 'EM UP ...all of them (Obama included) !!

  • gloria elliott

    08/25/2018 06:53 PM

    thank you mike...i could'nt have said it better. tell it like it is. Trump 2020....

  • Shelby Schapker

    08/25/2018 03:24 PM

    I believe the main goal with North Korea was to stop the human trafficking flows out of NK, rather than to denuclearize it. I really believe trafficking has stopped in NK, and I really wish we could hear more about how the NK people are doing. For a while the news was covering their challenges but then they suddenly stopped. Is the flow of NK women into China ebbing? That’s my interest!

  • Janis Noland

    08/25/2018 01:37 PM

    You are absolutely correct Mike Huckabee, my friend, exactly my feelings, and great words of wisdom.
    We have your back, our President Trump.

  • Mark Giglia

    08/25/2018 12:40 PM

    What is so frustrating about this whole scam DOJ/FBI investigations is that Clinton's investigation was conducted by Friends of Hillary and Trumps is being conducted by Friends of Hillary who hate Trump.

  • Billy Hudson

    08/25/2018 12:30 PM

    Obviously our previous negotiation tactics have not worked. Maybe just maybe that is because we have approached these negotiations from a western/European cultural perspective and not from an oriental/Korean cultural perspective. Trump has negotiated contracts and deals with people from various nations and cultures. Once again maybe just maybe he studies the process depending on who he is dealing with and tries not to alienate his opponent but show them the respect that even an advisory would be shown in their culture. If you want to come to the table and negotiate make sure your opponent will at least listen to you and not be totally closed to conversation because of your perceived bad behavior and/or cultural ignorance.

  • rodney Burke

    08/25/2018 10:44 AM

    Time to pretend the media isn't even there. They are nothing but idiots and the pundits are all idiots so . "Sit down and shut UP." However, I think a little profanity is in order to deal with such slime It's amazing what insanity there is out there of those who want failure and apparently prefer to be nuked rather than negotiate from a position of strength. What's in their water?

  • Stephen Russell

    08/25/2018 10:13 AM

    Honoring Robin Leach:
    Name Vegas St, Blvd,Hwy, Rd, Ave for him
    Hotel wing.
    Mall complex
    Mall section.
    Luxury suites at Hotel X.
    Travel Services.

    More can be done to honor Leach