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Trump and Kim Jong Un Hanoi Summit Collapses: ‘No Agreement Reached at This Time’

Trump and Kim Jong Un Hanoi Summit Collapses: ‘No Agreement Reached at This Time’

The best result may be Boeing securing $15.7 billion in airplane sales in Vietnam.

Given the Democratic-staged drama of the Cohen hearings, one would be forgiven for not recognizing another historic summit occurred yesterday between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Dictator Kim Jong Un.

Perhaps the American press will turn its attention to Hanoi today, as President Donald Trump cut short the summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un after denuclearization talks went nowhere.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the two leaders “had very good and constructive meetings” and “discussed various ways to advance denuclearization and economic driven concepts,” but that “no agreement was reached at this time.”

The two leaders had been scheduled to hold a signing ceremony Thursday afternoon in Hanoi for an expected deal to further the goal of denuclearizing North Korea. But the event was called off less than two hours before it was supposed to take place, with Trump later moving up his departure time from Vietnam. The two sides had been discussing measures such as declaring an end to the Korean War, destroying a major nuclear facility in North Korea, opening liaison offices in both countries and lifting economic sanctions on North Korea.

In the days leading up to the summit, the American press and its anti-Trump pundits had been wringing their hands that Trump would give away too much to make a deal. I wonder if they will now walk their statements back?

Trump said the final snag that caused the sudden breakdown was over sanctions – and Kim’s push to have all of them lifted in exchange for a concession Trump and his secretary of state could not live with.

‘Sometimes you have to walk away,’ Trump told reporters at a press conference in Hanoi that was abruptly moved up after a breakdown in talks.

The president expressed his hope that the two leaders would meet again, but acknowledged: ‘It might be soon, it might not be for a long time. I can’t tell you.’

On a positive note, the relationship between the American and North Korean teams still seems solid, based a reading of the full post-summit press conference transcript.

This wasn’t a walk away like you get up and walk out. No, this was very friendly. We shook hands.

We ― you know, there’s a warmth that we have and I hope that stays. I think it will. But we’re positioned to do something very special. This has been going on for many decades. This isn’t me. This should have been solved during many presidential runs, and, you know, people talked about it.

They never did anything. I get a kick out of so many people from past administrations telling me how to negotiate when they were there in some cases for eight years, they did but I think the relationship was very warm, and when we walked away it was a very friendly walk.

How are the Vietnamese handling all of this wheeling, dealing, and drama? Trump and Kim hair styles are now the rage.

Trump has been engaging in a charm offensive with the Vietnamese.

This seems to have been much more successful than the Hanoi Summit, as Boeing secured $15.7 billion in Vietnam orders during Trump’s Hanoi visit.

The real loser in this summit may be both the press and the Democratic Party.

And if the American media and the Democrats thought tag-teaming to focus on Cohen and distract from the summit was smart, they are going to be shocked to learn than many are very angry at the tactic.


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It must be an odd thing rooting against bipartisan progress in one’s own country in order to see a POTUS fail.

Also, I don’t remember the cries of worry that Obama would (or did) give up too much in the Iran deal.

    alaskabob in reply to healthguyfsu. | February 28, 2019 at 11:45 am

    Or that promised “flexibility” with Putin. Like Jimmy Carter, give them what they want and claim success for the crumbs they leave.

Here’s the left cheering “against” their own country because it might give Trump a win. Disgusting.

JusticeDelivered | February 28, 2019 at 12:09 pm

Am I wrong in thinking that Kim deserves to be exterminated? How many people has he murdered?

If he can be convinced to stand down, fine. But at some point we should just bite the bullet and take him down.

North Korea would be an excellent place to test dropping a big rock. Their aim better be right.

    Kim walks a very fine line. His grandfather was murdered by the Generals the day before he was supposed to meet with South Korea about re-unification after the USSR fell.

    His father was batshit crazy and managed to starve to death 15% of his own population, before he slipped in the shower on some bullets.

    Kim has to appease his generals and get permission from China before he accepts any deal.

    What, assassinate him, just on general principles? The legal and political virtues of that are not all that obvious.

    While American political thought of the Founding era was based to some degree on Classical-era ideals, the federal government was never intended to be modeled after the Furies, the goddesses of vengeance.

    But, if any world “leader” needed to receive a bit of kinetic energy up side the head, Merkel would probably top today’s list. She’s doing more damage to more people than anyone else alive today.

    Worked out really well in Libya.

    I can’t count the number of happy, democratic nations we’ve created by overthrowing dictators.

I found that analysis quite good.

T-rump doesn’t know what he’s doing, and he’ immoral in his approach.

    mailman in reply to Ragspierre. | February 28, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    The economy called to laugh at you rags. Black unemployment is also wondering when the village gets its idiot back.

    JusticeDelivered in reply to Ragspierre. | February 28, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Rags”-rump doesn’t know what he’ doing, and he’ immoral in his approach”.

    What you should have said is “Trump doesn’t know what he’s doing, and he’s immoral in his approach.”

    Most people here would likely still disagree with you, but you probably would not be viewed with nearly as much contempt if you were civil while expressing opinions.

    You seem to find validation of your pre-existing prejudices to be quite reassuring.

      Ragspierre in reply to JBourque. | February 28, 2019 at 2:22 pm

      Yes, I DO take considerable comfort from seeing cause>>>effect play out as logic dictates.

      Do you support T-rump validating a murderous dictator?

        I support Trump validating America. That’s what meeting with a murderous dictator… and then walking away, leaving him with absolutely, utterly, nothing… does.

        I expected this result from the start because I know where Trump is coming from. I don’t mind if you call it immoral. Trump’s “immorality” serves America’s interests. I have no problem with him being willing to take your tut-tutting (and Mr. Shapiro’s) in order to advance the interests of the American people.

          Ragspierre in reply to JBourque. | February 28, 2019 at 4:13 pm

          Meeting with a murderous dictator lends that puke validation.

          Apologizing for a murderous dictator who killed an American citizen (Warmbier) is immoral and a stinking lie.

          I don’t approve.


    Colonel Travis in reply to Ragspierre. | February 28, 2019 at 2:23 pm

    I thought the analysis sucked. In fact, the only thing worse than Ben Shapiro talking about something is Ben Shapiro talking, period. His voice shreds cheese.

    Trump has accomplished more with NK than any previous president. Not sure what immorality has to do with negotiating with NK but this is as good as Ragspierre gets.

    I won the argument. See how easy it is to do what you do?

    Rhetorical question.

      Ragspierre in reply to Colonel Travis. | February 28, 2019 at 2:27 pm

      Petty, mean, without substance and nasty ad hominem.

      You used to be better than that.

        Colonel Travis in reply to Ragspierre. | February 28, 2019 at 2:38 pm

        Haha. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you Ragspierre – the easiest doofus to trigger on the internet. I gave just as much substance as you did. My comment = a mirror to yours. Hello, is this thing on?


        I like how you demand others give you their best at all times, while you are free to dump your lazy jackassery whenever you please.

        In all seriousness, I have to ask you about your arguing skills: did you go to the I Know You Are But What Am I School of Law at Pee Wee Herman University? I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a few graduates and you remind me of them.

          Ragspierre in reply to Colonel Travis. | February 28, 2019 at 2:55 pm

          “Hello, is this thing on?”

          No. You’ve cut your own cord.

          You’re just another mean, nasty asphole troll, like the other idiots here.

          Too bad.

          Colonel Travis in reply to Colonel Travis. | February 28, 2019 at 3:33 pm

          Sorry, did you say something? My ears are bleeding from the Ben Shapiro podcast. My eyes are also bleeding. Did you type “asphole” because you are too moral (see T-Rump for a contrast to that which is immoral) to type “asshole”?

          Learn how to flippin’ curse properly.
          Or type.
          Or proofread.
          Or trash talk.
          Or ask for a refund from the Brennan Elliott School of Law at Hallmark Channel University.

          Ragspierre in reply to Colonel Travis. | February 28, 2019 at 4:47 pm


          Welp, your choice.

    “I found that analysis quite good.”

    As does Pelosi, Schumer and the rest of you anti-Americans.


      Ragspierre in reply to Barry. | February 28, 2019 at 2:57 pm

      On substance, what did you find to argue about?

        There is no substance, never is in one of your crap links.

        Listen to that faux conservative that, like you, can see an assault that never happened? No, not even when hell freezes over.

        Shapiro is, like you, a predictable waste of time.

        Shapiro is, like you, the progs little helper.

          Ragspierre in reply to Barry. | March 1, 2019 at 4:47 pm

          Another episode in Butt-hurt Barri: Insane and Loving It!

          Apparently, others here can call me names with impunity. LI is becoming a censorship joke.

          Barry in reply to Barry. | March 1, 2019 at 6:25 pm

          I didn’t call you a name, but were I to do so it would be “deranged idiot”.

          Ragspierre in reply to Barry. | March 1, 2019 at 6:31 pm

          You aren’t even self-aware. You’ve called me various names, all false, in just this thread.

          No wonder you lie like it’s your job. You are totally delusional.

          Barry in reply to Barry. | March 1, 2019 at 9:14 pm

          I know you are not very bright and reading comprehension isn’t your strong suit, but no, I called you no names in this thread. Just like the first part of the above sentence, no name calling.

          Try reading and thinking. Even sub-average IQ types are capable. Take it s-l-o-w.

          Ragspierre in reply to Barry. | March 1, 2019 at 10:19 pm

          Anyone who can read knows you lie, poor old nutter.

          Barry in reply to Barry. | March 1, 2019 at 11:53 pm

          Why don’t you just edit some of my comments so you can call me a racist? That’s your normal modus operandi.

Kenny Rogers said (or sung) it best.” You have to know when to hold them, you have to know when to fold them, and know when to walk away.”

The Gambler in the song said that was the key to surviving. Nuclear disarmament negotiations with a rogue nation like North Korea are high stakes poker indeed. Trump walked away from this one. But relationships are good enough that there will be another round.

This was a big win for Trump. Kim probably thought that Trump would want to bring home a big story to drown out the Cohen hearings. Problem is that the Cohen hearings guaranteed no deals today. Had Trump given anything, the press would have accused him of pandering to the media skeptics by giving away the store to NK and getting nothing of substance. So Trump played it masterfully. He spanked Kim for trying to control the process and he gave nothing to the Press. Nobody knows how to control a negotiation better than Trump and sometimes your best negotiating tools are your feet.

    Well Kim’s regime was pushing out that it wanted complete sanctions removal up front for this nuclear facility “dismantling” months ago. Trump gave him every opportunity to sweeten the pot. With all this fanfare and buildup, Kim brought exactly the same position as before, zero change.

    And then Trump left.

    Apparently there were still many people who thought Trump didn’t have the guts to walk away. Slow learners.

      tom_swift in reply to JBourque. | February 28, 2019 at 4:03 pm

      Apparently there were still many people who thought Trump didn’t have the guts to walk away. Slow learners.

      DJT is constantly criticized for failing to comply with what his critics claim are “norms” of political behavior. To these sorts, “norms” must be something like Neville Chamberlain at Munich; deliver the goods and don’t worry about what sort of poison is actually inside the package.

      I’m fairly confident that the President will continue with his bad habits, and trample on norms whenever they try to trip him up.

Isn’t it funny how Democrats and the press are suddenly so interested in this concept of giving something away for nothing in return.

Im wondering where that concern was…oh..just 2 short years ago?