More of This, Please

It’s amazing how something so normal for a President of the United States is an event to be celebrated, but here we are.

On his current trip to Asia, many were wondering how President Trump would handle the ongoing tensions with North Korea, especially on multiple public visits in South Korea. As North Korea continues to test weapons and act as if it is ready for war, additional “Rocket Man” comments or threats from the President would only continue to complicate the situation.

Thankfully, for the first time, the President decided to act like a politician and pivot. During a news conference with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Trump took a far less antagonistic tone on the North Korean strains.

 

            Q President Trump — I will have questions from both of you gentlemen. But, President Trump, you spoke here in South Korea saying that you do believe that the crisis with North Korea will be worked out. So, specifically, have you seen any success in your diplomatic strategy so far? And do you still believe that direct talks are a waste of time?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: Well, I think you know me well enough to know that I don’t like talking about whether I see success or not in a case such as this. We like to play our cards a little bit close to the vest.

I will say this — that I believe it makes sense for North Korea to do the right thing, not only for North Korea, but for humanity all over the world. So there is a lot of reason, a lot of good reason behind it.

With that, yes, I think we’re making a lot of progress. I think we’re showing great strength. I think they understand we have unparalleled strength. There has never been strength like it.

You know we sent three of the largest aircraft carriers in the world, and they’re right now positioned. We have a nuclear submarine also positioned. We have many things happening that we hope, we hope — in fact, I’ll go a step further, we hope to God we never have to use.

With that being said, I really believe that it makes sense for North Korea to come to the table and to make a deal that’s good for the people of North Korea and the people of the world. I do see certain movement, yes. But let’s see what happens.

Q And on direct talks, sir?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: I don’t want to say that.

Q Okay.

PRESIDENT TRUMP: I just don’t want to say that. You can understand that.

Would you look at that? A measured, (small c) conservative response on a controversial issue in front of a bank of television cameras? We’re not used to this.

The President addressed the South Korean National Assembly last night and took a more forceful tone, but one that still made sense from the American point of view. He also used words meant for a speech of this nature instead of some of the Twitter troll-like language we’ve seen from him in recent months.

It’s clearly not a sign of a “new man.” The President’s ego isn’t going anywhere In the speech, he had to brag about himself and his golf club which hosted the U.S. Women’s Open this year. I didn’t think much of it at the time, but some media outlets tried to make it the story.

There are still a lot of concerns that face the North Korean tensions, but if President Trump continues to make strong, measured statements and keep a door open to diplomacy, we’ll be less likely to wind up in a military conflict. I don’t know who to credit for the tone if it’s Chief of Staff John Kelly or National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, but whoever it is, keep it up.

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