One of the most shocking developments of the Trump Era has been the President’s ability to navigate difficult international politics despite having very little diplomatic experience to his name.
Of course, as promised during the 2016 campaign, the President has surrounded himself with some of the greatest minds when it comes to complicated geopolitics, taking a strong, militarily-focused approach to reinvigorating the American attitude on the rest of the world. This was first put to the test in Syria, with an airstrike that drew condemnation from the Kremlin.
Soon after, Trump was engaged in a war of words with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that escalated quite terrifyingly as the dainty DPRK despot rattled off a number of unprecedented and successful missile tests that demonstrated the possibility that, with a nuclear warhead, he could be a true player on the global stage.
Trump still won, however, having tamed Kim through the use of diplomacy, both aggressive and passive.
Now, one of the most powerful visages of this newfound peace with North Korea has come to fruition, as the hermit kingdom has returned the remains of American servicemen who were involved in the Korean war decades ago.
Fifty-five wooden cases, draped with white and blue United Nations flags, carrying the remains of U.S. soldiers killed during the Korean War arrived Friday in South Korea on the 65th anniversary of the Korean Armistice Agreement, the White House said in a news release.
A solemn honor guard greeted the fallen soldiers at the Osan Air Base outside Seoul, South Korea. U.S. service members methodically carried each small casket — one by one — to their awaiting vehicles. A formal repatriation ceremony will be held Aug. 1, the White House release said.
Earlier, a crew traveled aboard a U.S. Air Force C-17 aircraft to Wonsan, North Korea, where they collected the soldiers’ remains.
Now, these brave American patriots can be reinterred in their true final resting places here in the United States.
This, my friends, is what international political progress looks like.