What looked as though it was going to be a slam dunk of diplomacy for President Trump has turned out to be more of a North Korean nightmare in recent weeks.
One of the most pressing issues that faced President Trump as he took the reigns of the Oval Office nearly two years ago was North Korea and the madman in charge, Kim Jong Un. The dynastic dictator immediately poked and provoked POTUS as soon as Trump was announced as the winner of the 2016 election, dusting off some 17th century slang in the process.
In the ensuing months, progress was seemingly made between the two sides, as Kim put forth his best friendly face, and Trump met with the dainty despot face to face. Denuclearization was declared as the end goal and everyone assumedly went home happy.
Now, however, North Korea is up to their old tricks, reneging on the deal and stalling on their plans to dismantle their high-grade weapons facilities. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was scheduled to fly back to North Korea in the coming days to push again for compliance, but the President has other ideas.
President Trump on Friday told Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to cancel his planned trip to North Korea, citing a lack of “sufficient progress” with the rogue regime on denuclearization, while also slamming China.
“I have asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo not to go to North Korea, at this time, because I feel we are not making sufficient progress with respect to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” Trump tweeted. “Additionally, because of our much stronger trading stance with China, I do not believe they are helping with the process of denuclearization as they once were (despite the UN Sanctions which are in place).”
This comes on the heels of an announcement of unprecedented war-games being conducted by a joint Russian-Chinese force that has caused alarm for some in the global community.
So, how will Trump now deal with Kim Jong Un? Only time will tell, but we certainly wouldn’t want to be in the North Korean leader’s shoes right now.