About that North Korea summit...

May 25, 2018

We now know why President Trump canceled the June 12 denuclearization summit with North Korea. It’s because behind the scenes, Kim Jong Un started pulling bad faith power plays and showing disrepect. A White House delegation arrived in Singapore to work out the summit details, and the North Koreans never showed up. Trump’s people also weren’t allowed to attend the alleged destruction of Kim’s nuclear test site. Reporters were, but they didn’t obtain the forensic evidence the White House team demanded to insure it was real. When Kim started attacking Vice President Pence and again threatening a nuclear confrontation, that was the last straw, and Trump told him (in nicer terms) to go pound sand.

Trump’s letter was a masterful combination of “good cop/bad cop” from a single cop, as he thanked and praised Kim on the one hand for destroying his test site and releasing three American captives, while using the other hand to show Kim a fist and remind him that he is vastly outgunned and will be very sorry if he crosses America.

That same deliberately mixed message of “I really love your country, be a shame if anything happened to it” was also conveyed by Trump’s in-person comments, as he made it clear that he hoped North Korea would come around because it would be so good for Kim and his people, while incidentally mentioning a couple of times the size of the US military budget, which was about 24 times North Korea’s entire GDP in 2015, the latest year for which we have figures for North Korea. (Our military budget has gone up since then; I’d guess their GDP hasn’t.)

Liberal pundits and celebrities had a field day mocking Trump, ridiculing the idea of him winning a Nobel Peace Prize, scoffing at his failure at the “art of the deal,” and generally showing an unseemly amount of glee that Kim might continue threatening the world with nukes, as long as it created bad PR for Trump. Bear in mind, these are the people who like to lament that “the adults are no longer in charge,” and by “adults,” they laughably mean themselves.

The ones who weren’t mocking were gnashing their teeth over what one self-appointed diplomacy expert called the “stupendous blunder” of Trump canceling that summit. The general line of “thought” from this crowd was that Trump should’ve done what they would have: kowtowed to Kim’s blustery antics and given him whatever he wanted to get a deal signed. One even claimed we would never be able to force Kim to give up his nukes, but maybe we could get some concessions. You might recognize that leading-with-your-chin tactic from the Iran nuclear deal. It’s also the way Peter Griffin of “Family Guy” negotiates to buy a new suit: “Sir, write down any number on this piece of paper, and I will pay it.”

Gaze upon these hyperventilating “experts” and thank God that they are no longer in charge. If you’re going to exhibit that kind of arrogance and condescension, it’s good to have a record of competence to base it on; yet we all know that their own diplomatic genius is the reason North Korea was able to thumb its nose at us for 20 years while developing nukes and missiles that Trump now has to deal with.

Incidentally, it took all of twelve hours before North Korea realized they’d overplayed their hand, Trump had called their bluff, and they couldn’t roll him the way they’ve rolled all the smug, striped-pants Ivy Leaguers we’ve sent in the past. Their Vice Foreign Minister rushed out a statement reading, “We reiterate to the US that there is a willingness to sit down at any time, in any way, to solve the problem." I’ll bet there is…now.

Sounds as if a number of people made stupendous blunders over the past 48 hours, but Trump showing the backbone to walk away from a bad deal wasn’t one of them.

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Comments 1-45 of 45

  • Sara Carlington

    06/13/2018 01:38 AM

    Mike, you are so absolutely correct!!! I love the way you think & write!!! Thanks for the truth, a smile & always a laugh!!

  • Betty Scothorn

    06/01/2018 11:48 AM

    A very deep sense of gratitude to you for your posts/commentaries. You are one of few voices that my husband and I can trust in the political realm. Thank you for your direct approach (often bringing laughter), your integrity, and your strong faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. Oh, and we love Sarah! She is a delight. Be assured that in spite of all the ugly rhetoric out there, many of us are praying for you and your family that you remain strong and know that you are on the winning side!!

  • Alyce Weaver

    05/31/2018 04:33 PM

    I loved reading what you wrote. I knew there was far more behind the cancellation with NK. For the first time in many, many years I have a President and Vice President that I feel confidence in.
    And I also want you to know that I think your daughter Sarah is fantastic !! I am so impressed with her intelligence and logic. A trait that I see very little of when I look at the women in politics today.

    Alyce Weaver

  • Patricia Hoover

    05/31/2018 04:30 PM

    I love Trump. He is exactly who we needed in the Whitehouse. A businessman who knows how to deal with people. Not a politician worrying about the next election. And he hears what America says.

  • Rita Tischer

    05/31/2018 04:16 PM

    Thank you Mike for your insightful and right-on-the-mark articles. You say it like it is and we appreciate that. And we soooooo appreciate your precious daughter Sarah for how she handles herself, the press conferences and the media. No one has ever done it better. God bless you and your family and thank you again for keeping us informed with "real" news.

  • Rob Jensen

    05/29/2018 12:25 PM

    To the 'left', President Trump seems arrogant; to those of us who love America and are thankful for what God can do, we are glad for a president who can stand ground and speak out for the good of the country and speak in love for mankind. May God continue blessing America!

  • Robert James

    05/28/2018 04:03 PM

    Wow! You covered all the bases with such clarity, even a liberal might be able to understand -- after they learn how to read and get out of their safe-space.

  • ARTHUR J. JACOBS SR.

    05/28/2018 08:08 AM

    SUPPORT THE PRESIDENT
    UNWAVERINGLY !
    UNFLINCHINGLY !
    WITHOUT HESITATION !!!
    NEVER GIVE UP !
    TRUST NO ONE !
    NAVY VETERAN !
    "DON'T TREAD ON ME ! "
    DONT LET THEM TEAR DOWN MY FLAGS AGAIN !
    BAD NEIGHBORS ARE LIKE KIM
    THEY ARE ALWAYS TRYING TO DO
    SOMETHING TO THREATEN , THEY CONTINUE TO DO CRIME WITHOUT PAYING FOR THEIR PREVIOUS CRIME ,,,VERY DECEPTIVE !
    BUT THE PRESIDENT PREVAILS AGAIN !

  • Benny

    05/28/2018 07:32 AM

    You have valid points, but you make them in bad faith.

    If someone would have told me 6 years ago that you would one day behave this way I would have never believed them. Giuliani I'm disappointed in, but I'm not shocked. But you turning into a full time partisan I didn't see coming at all.

    I pray that given time you'll come to regret your behavior and feel ashamed, I will be more than happy to support you once again should that time come, and you would be wise to note who is there to support you in such times. If it never comes to pass then it will be a huge loss indeed, the silent civil majority misses you dearly.

  • Bill Fletcher

    05/27/2018 07:18 PM

    Governor, as you know, I thought he should have cancelled much sooner when Un first started playing games. Glad he finally made the right decision, we need to play hardball with this guy!

  • Lorie Dye

    05/27/2018 12:34 PM

    Plain speak. I like that!

  • Debbie Richey

    05/27/2018 12:32 PM

    I truly appreciate your intelligence, your perspective, your values, your common sense, your wit and your sense of humor.
    I wonder if I would have learned all of this about you had President Trump not been elected.

  • Dianne Moore

    05/27/2018 12:10 PM

    I use to think there were 2 types of people, coming from the West coast I thought it was regional. You know that feeling- "why don't I feel comfortable in this culture?" After working/meeting/serving all kinds I've decided the 2 types aren't regional, economical or racial; it' those who believe all people are created equal and those who don't. People who think others should do this or that, treat people poor, but would never ever find that acceptable for them to be treated, those who can abort their baby but would cry victim if a vacuum tried to suck their parts off or God forbid, their pet. Loving these people, agape is hard/tricky. I pray you continue to convey truth and facts. Bless your sweet daughter and her family- now she is truly working in the trenches. God bless KJU and North Korea- perhaps he'll see the light of truth and love. He never had a loving family to teach him different. Oh, and God bless President Trump- anyone who didn't see what he was doing, as you pointed out, is either ignorant, arrogant or jealous. Have a great Sunday!

  • Carlos Martinez

    05/27/2018 11:35 AM

    I agree with you. For since Ronald Reagan's presidency neither Republicans nor (especially) Democrats have done anything significant to neutralize dangerous rogue countries. Now that Pres. Trump is moving & shaking things in a positive direction everyone is suddenly an expert on the subject. Still, no solutions but plenty of criticism. When are mainstream media & these so called "educated liberals" stop believing & promoting the unbelievably stupid leftist propaganda & realize that they are all being manipulated like dumb puppets in a power struggle that has nothing to do with our country's benefit & everything to do with the personal gain of greedy, lying, opportunistic, unscrupulous & unpatriotic career politicians? PS Please congratulate your daughter Sarah on our behalf. We really admire her courage & commitment.

  • Rhonda Tyson

    05/27/2018 11:32 AM

    You're absolutely right Gov. Huckabee!!
    Can't wait to watch President Trump prevail. I'm absolutely convinced God's hand is on this President and in this Presidency. ??The dems, rinos and MSM are going down.
    Thanks for all you do.

    If you have time could you look into Kansas State senator Caryn Tyson (my sister-in-law) and consider endorsing her in her run for U.S. House of representatives?

    Thanks for your time and effort.

    Love Sarah Huckabee Sanders, she's so good at putting that press sesspool in it's place. ??

  • Merrie Marchant

    05/26/2018 09:46 PM

    I totally agree with you. I pray often for our President and for our nation. God bless America.

  • Burr Allegaert

    05/26/2018 10:01 AM

    Our president is a great negotiator. Be optimistic!

  • Steven Allen Powell

    05/26/2018 08:04 AM

    Ive always said , the democrats would rather see America destroyed than to not be in power, which is where we were headed if Trump lost the election. They are always willing to make a deal with other countries even if a horrible deal for America. Trump is a master at deals and will get the best possible, while the democrats squawk and belittle even the greatest accomplishments he makes. I have given up all hope that the democrats will ever do anything for the good of the country and that goes the same for establishment republicans (RINOS).

  • Timothy Mc Kindley

    05/26/2018 07:13 AM

    The difference between Kim Jong-Un and President Trump is that Kim is playing poker with a pair of two's two little acts of forwardness letting go of prisoners and blowing up some tunnels leading to the nuke site and he bradishio attitude is bluffing to the hilt that he will threaten us. President Trump is playing with a Full house fully loaded and he is not bluffing with an empty hand! Eventually it will be time to show your hand at the table and that is why Kim is hesitating to sit down and be exposed for the joker he is left holding. He really doesn't want to see what Trump brings to the table, for how can he counter at that point.

  • Wayne Pauley

    05/26/2018 07:05 AM

    Excactly right Gov. the old saying is, you can’t keep doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result! That’s what our leaders have done in the past. By the way you must be so proud of Sarah,,,,,, she is doing an awesome job!

  • Shellie ca Stewart

    05/26/2018 06:36 AM

    Good article. President Trump did the right thing. Thank you for keeping us so well informed.

  • Leslie Riner

    05/26/2018 01:58 AM

    TRUMP being a businessman is very experienced in this very type of global international business negotiations! He knows he moves of the dance. He's a great caller! Dosee do, alamand left, then right, twirl and promenade! A spine of steel and balls of brass are precious metals in this hostile market. He's not renting them. He owns them outright and knows their value. Neither he nor his precious metals are for sale! I love this, MY, President!

  • Harland W. Sexton

    05/26/2018 01:38 AM

    I appreciate how you took the time and thought to post the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. I just felt in my bones that the NOKO regime was dancing in the background somehow looking to avoid any commitment they could.

  • JANET C CORNETT

    05/25/2018 11:00 PM

    I totally agree with the President and I am very Proud of all of his accomplishments . I wish the media would leave him alone and let him do his job.

  • Vanessa Knutsen

    05/25/2018 08:13 PM

    Well said...Governor!

    And Pres. Trump's letter is a succinct lesson in power negotiation. ...An illustration of Pres. Teddy Roosevelt's maxim "Speak softly. But carry a big stick."

  • Robert

    05/25/2018 06:48 PM

    Great article and reasons for President Trump cancelling the meeting..
    Showing a preamble to creating a peaceful resolution by releasing those held captive by North Korea was short lived by Kims actions..
    Its like sugar coating poison, tastes sweet but deadly..

  • Sondra Smith

    05/25/2018 06:14 PM

    Love how u put things in direct and honest terms! Thanx for your great work

  • Thomas Antinoro

    05/25/2018 06:11 PM

    Good news! POTUS is the master in negotiations and good deals for Americans! That’s why we voted for him!

  • Danny Spears

    05/25/2018 05:07 PM

    Thank you, Mike Huckabee, for the observation on President Trump's behavior. I agree 100%.

  • SHIRLEY FRIEDMAN

    05/25/2018 04:59 PM

    POTUS KNOWS HOW TO SIZE UP A DEAL PERFECTLY, HE HAS THAT SENSE TO KNOW WHEN SOMETHING ISN'T KOSHER, IT'S CALL THE POWER OF INTUITION. HE PLAYED THE HAND PERFECTLY, DIDN'T GIVE IN TO KIM'S RUDE AND INCONSIDERATE GESTURES. MAYBE KIM WAS BEING TESTY. I DO KNOW THAT TRUMP KNOWS WHAT TO DO IN EVERY CONFRONTATION TO SATISFY HIS CONFIDENCE THAT HE IS DOING THE RIGHT THING, HE CAME THROUGH AS HE STUCK TO HIS GUNS AND DIDN'T FALTER. THE BOTTOM LINE IS TRUMP IS THE BEST THING TO HAPPEN TO NO.KOREA THEY WILL SOON BECOME A TEAM PLAYER AND WILL THAT PAY OFF FOR BOTH THE U.S. AND NO. KOREA. DOWN THE ROAD NO. KOREA WILL FLORISH LIKE THEY NEVER THOUGHT POSSIBLE, A WONDERFUL EVENT FOR OUR HISTORY BOOKS!

  • Diane McBroom

    05/25/2018 04:46 PM

    Mr. Huckabee, thank you for your wisdom and your willingness to share it. I think your analysis of this situation is spot on. Question, do you think those who oppose Trump are ever going to learn to open their eyes, shut their mouths, and look both ways before crossing the tracks so they don't keep getting flattened by the Trump Train?

  • Patricia Donovan

    05/25/2018 04:40 PM

    Thank you Gov. Huckabee for explaining in easy details what has happened over the last couple days with North Korea. You are a voice I trust and for you to say that our President has done the right thing makes me reaffirm as I thought amongst all the naysayers m.

  • Sue Hunt

    05/25/2018 04:31 PM

    It is so good to have a President we can trust to walk away from a bad deal. President Trump is a true leader worth following. May God bless him and his family.

  • Allan Ahner

    05/25/2018 04:27 PM

    Love a leader with balls. Liked him in the construction trades. Think he makes a great President

  • carol walliser

    05/25/2018 04:04 PM

    Thank you for your positive comments on our President. As an American, I'm disgusted by the mocking and glee shown by the dems over the summit cancellation. They have become America's enemies!

  • James D Howatd

    05/25/2018 04:03 PM

    I have learned in my 81 years on earth, that when negotiating to buy a car, if I’m not willing to walk away a couple of times I will definitely pay too much for what I get.
    Art Of The Deal.

  • Renee Henry

    05/25/2018 03:46 PM

    As usual, your remarks are spot on!!!!! I love our president even though you were my first pick!! Those comments are EXACTLY what the people of our country needs to hear!!! There’s nothing you can say to approximately 30% of our population because as the Bible says, they will be blinded by their own ignorance, but the remainder of people will know it to be the truth!! Thanks for all you do for our country and thanks to Sarah for the great job she is doing. Our family and so many other families love and appreciate you both!! Keep up the good work and may God bless you and yours!! P.S. I live on a farm near PC so maybe you can visit sometime bring the family and fish in our pond. My son had his picture made with you once. His best friend was good friends with your son while they were living in Wynne AR

  • Paula Johnson

    05/25/2018 03:28 PM

    And that, my friends, is the best chapter in “The Art of the Deal”. Knowing when to walk away.

  • Pearle Rochelle Stahl

    05/25/2018 03:17 PM

    Good read. Nice to hear the truth from a truth speaker I respect.
    For this time I believe, Trump is President. May God bless America & continue to turn the hearts of the people to Him!

  • Rebecca Ann DeLappe

    05/25/2018 03:13 PM

    I look forward to reading your column everyday. Keep up the great work of telling us the truth!

  • Marie Garnhart

    05/25/2018 02:56 PM

    Kudos to President Trump. He doesn’t back down and refuses to be tricked into paying them off (as we know some have). I have total respect for him. And to think I once was a Democrat.

  • Bob Preston

    05/25/2018 02:55 PM

    One of the many things I like about our President Trump is he has a backbone and doesn't back down to the likes of North Korea. Go Trump!

  • Garry sheppard

    05/25/2018 02:54 PM

    Thanks for the heads up,nice and clear.

  • Eric Currier

    05/25/2018 02:52 PM

    A famous and well liked President once said "speak softly and carry a big stick" President Trumps letter to Kim Jung is the perfect example of that.

  • Barbara Allison

    05/25/2018 02:49 PM

    So glad we have a president that has backbone and wisdom to know what to do.