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Trump does not follow, he leads

Trump does not follow, he leads

People around the world today will be wishing their country had a leader like Donald Trump. Australia has the Malcolm Trumble—how lucky are we?

A little more than a year ago the experts were yelling that Donald Trump was unelectable. And when he was media outlets the morning after went silent—thrown into shock like the death of a close one. Famous compares mumbled in hushed tones unable to process reality—huge amounts of egg all over their disbelieving faces. Did any of them apologise for their utterly erroneous prognostications—NO! Instead, lunatic lefties set about in riotous behaviour destroying all in their path. The compares went dizzy with plans to impeach Trump even before inauguration. Now the unelectable one has made world history. Here is how the BBC takes the situation with typical pommy gloom for what could or might go wrong.

Both leaders appeared pleased with the summit, despite the declaration being relatively vague. Watching reactions to the Singapore summit as it unfolded became the ultimate foreign policy Rorschach test – everyone came away with a different picture of what happened.

Source: BBC

Trump Kim summit: Rhetoric versus reality

There are those who will laud it for establishing a seemingly new approach to US-North Korea relations, one that is more co-operative than confrontational.

There are those who will praise it for abandoning the all-or-nothing negotiation style and opting for a more pragmatic and longer-term process, providing enough time and space to work out the details of where we’re headed and how to get there.

Others will see this as having accomplished nothing new or specific on the denuclearisation front and having simply given both leaders the media attention they so crave. Of course, none of these interpretations are mutually exclusive.

The Singapore summit was certainly historic in the sense that this was the first meeting between a North Korean leader and a sitting US president, but the results are harder to judge.

While past US presidents have avoided granting such a meeting without North Korea first making verifiable progress towards dismantling its weapons of mass destruction programmes, Donald Trump has forgone this traditional diplomatic approach for one that could potentially make negotiations more agile.

After all, securing a top down mandate for mutually-agreed-upon goals may generate the political will, priority and personal capital for both sides to sustain this process and see it to the end.

Moreover, the personal relationship now established between Mr Trump and Kim Jong-un may also help prevent us in the future from returning to “fire and fury” at the drop of a dime.

However, in terms of the substance of the Singapore summit, the declaration signed by the two leaders offered only broad-stroke commitments to peace, denuclearisation and redefining the overall nature of US-North Korea relations.

This language certainly covers the underlying issues encompassed in North Korea’s definition of hostile US policy, but the lack of detail and the mirroring of past commitments is concerning.

At the very least there were expectations (or strong desires) that this summit would establish a mutual understanding of what the US considers the core issue: what “denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula” actually means, especially with respect to South Korea and the role of US extended deterrence.

What is it that the US and North Korea are actually committing to? And at what point during this process will we gain that understanding? How do we measure success if we have not set clear goals?

While the vague language is not all that unusual for a summit declaration, the details revealed by President Trump during his post-summit press conference about specific measures may raise even more questions and highlight the challenges of moving forward with parallel bilateral negotiation tracks.

The one issue Mr Trump seemed to make clear was that US-South Korea joint military exercises would be suspended while negotiations were ongoing. This has long been a point of contention for the North Koreans, especially as the exercises have expanded to include offensive drills, but it raises the question of how this concession fits into a larger process.

Mr Trump said the joint US-South Korea exercises were expensive and provocative

The reaction out of Seoul on this point seems to indicate that, despite Mr Trump’s call with South Korean President Moon Jae-in before the summit, the Blue House was once again caught off-guard by this announcement.

This lack of co-ordination, or at least communication, with allies during negotiations causes rifts that can be exploited in parallel processes and, unless addressed, will weaken both US and South Korean negotiating power.

Overall, both Mr Trump and Mr Kim walked away pleased with what they had accomplished and the publicity of their historic meeting. The most important commitment made was to continue high-level engagement to fill in the details of the agenda the declaration laid out.

This certainly could be the catalyst needed on both sides to take the process further than where we have been able to get to before, but it will still be a negotiation, and Kim Jong-un’s diplomatic debut over the past few months, culminating in his incredible reception in Singapore, has increased North Korea’s confidence and negotiating power.

While it is welcome that we are moving away from a path towards war, the test is now on the Trump administration to see if it has the political will to sustain this process and move the negotiation past broad commitments towards durable and sustainable solutions.

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  • TommyGun 13/06/2018, 5:08 am

    LOL! This must stick in the neck of the GAY-BC: they have to report on Trump’s success!

    Funny, isn’t it…Dennis Rodman is a friend of both Trump and Kim. A couple of years back he urged O’Bummer to pick up the phone and call Kim. As Rodman put it: “Obama wouldn’t give me the time of day!”
    Obviously Trump did give Rodman a hearing.

    • Joe Blogs 13/06/2018, 9:10 am

      … and a nosering.

  • Pensioner Pete 13/06/2018, 5:11 am

    Despite this obvious triumph by Trump in securing peaceful arrangements with North Korea, despite he being the only leader to achieve such a outcome with North Korea since the early 1950’s, the MSM continue to slag off against Trump in this mornings press. There is no recognition of the true nature and historic value of the agreement between Trump and Kim Jong-un, only a continuation of slagging off of Trump with headlines like “Most awkward moment at Trump-Kim summit” and “South Korean and US officials ‘shocked’ by Trump’s war games pledge” The MSM utterly disgust me.

  • AnitaHaircut 13/06/2018, 5:15 am

    The smartarses were pessimistic, now they scoff. Greg Sheridan in the Australian loftily says he could have got a better deal.
    Their hatred of him for proving them wrong on every count prevents any sober analysis. If Trump was to rise from the dead, they would say he should have done it sooner.

    • Albert 13/06/2018, 10:23 am

      Stan Grant is getting is for his two bobs worth also, showering us with his anti-Trump thoughts while some other clown is analyzing their handshake which he clams is loaded with bad signs.

  • Graham Richards 13/06/2018, 6:37 am

    Let the looney press alone. Every time they disparage Trump they do themselves irreparable harm, their audience is shrinking faster than their credibility. When their audience shrinks their revenue shrinks as advertisers look for value for their money.
    We know that for a fact as Fairfax has been in financial doldrums for time now.

    • Popular Front 13/06/2018, 7:52 am

      Agreed. The MSM are committing slow but sure suicide with their lefty support and constant harassment of anything and anyone ‘conservative’ which is still a large part of the Western world. The rise of ‘social media’ and internet use is carving swathes of readers away from the mainstream papers as they seek out unbiased reporting, as I do. I haven’t bought a newspaper or watched a tv news bulletin in years now. I get it all from the web, sure there’s bias there too but there are links to try, alternative points of view to consider and NOT just one editor’s input like the DT or the SMH. This is why politicians are continually trying to ‘regulate’ the internet but that’s something they’ll never be able to do.

      Just look at this site for instance; lots of interesting articles, food for thought and pointers to go elsewhere for more information.

    • luk1955 13/06/2018, 7:52 am

      I can’t wait for the day fairfu*&s goes under. It will be a large boost for freedom of the press here and an even larger boost for those liberals who write for the paper when they find themselves unemployable. Praise to Trump for ignoring the advice of “experts”. I’ll bet the previous presidents, working for the ibc, will be furious that a potential war has been taken off the books, and the profits of the death dealing companies profiting from war will not be the treasure chest the ibc had hoped for. Especially that black Kenyan impostor in the white house for 8 years, creating war after war where none existed before. And to think obomber got a nobel prize.

      • Graham Richards 13/06/2018, 7:59 am

        It would also help if we sent little messages to advertisers in the broadcasts & publications that we the public are likely to start avoiding their products & services advertised in the odious media.

      • Popular Front 13/06/2018, 9:39 am

        That nobel thing slays me luk1955. Obummer had only been in the White House since smoko and he gets the bloody Peace Prize! For what?

      • Joe Blogs 13/06/2018, 10:07 am

        Pigmentation, Pop.

      • Popular Front 13/06/2018, 12:31 pm

        I wasn’t sure about the site policy regarding that aspect Joe so I didn’t mention it but you are quite right I think.

      • TommyGun 13/06/2018, 3:40 pm

        I am pretty sure it is on record and if you search for it you’ll find it: one of the White House top aides even said (just after the announcement): “OMG; they gave it to him because he is black!”

  • Clarion Call 13/06/2018, 8:39 am

    O’Bozoarse is in deep Islamic mourning this morning. Everything he’s legislated (by pen) is now in the crapper with even more lefty stuff to be thrown out by the New Messiah in the White House. The NK meeting was the final straw in O’Bozoarse’s humiliation as a pretend statesman in foreign affairs. Same goes for the seditious media who simply don’t know what to do next to oust DJT from power. Sometimes I can’t stop smiling.

    • Lorraine 13/06/2018, 9:28 am

      Yes CC we are all happier that DJ Trump is in the WH, in charge of world affairs, putting lefties on the backburner and PC in the garbage. Climate change shown to be a hoax, I wish we had DJ Trump in my world. My power bill for 2 rooms warm in my home for the month of May Power Company charged me $490. and my feed in tariff $2.12

      • Joe Blogs 13/06/2018, 10:14 am

        Lorraine, have you tried One Big Switch, Electricity Wizard or other (commission) brokers for a better deal? If not, suggest you try at least one of them. It’s like comparing apples with pumpkins, but you should be able to get a better bottom line deal – even if you tell the current mob to give you a better deal or you’ll give ’em the lemonade and sars.

    • TommyGun 13/06/2018, 3:44 pm

      Hey CC, do you remember those rabid mobs of leftards parading down streets with signs: “NOT MY PRESIDENT” etc etc.
      Said they were going to keep protesting until he resigned?
      I wonder if the useless pr*cks are still protesting?
      I see the useless MSM doesn’t report on them any more.

      Maybe they’ve had to get jobs instead? LOL

  • Bushkid 13/06/2018, 9:31 am

    Sadly, the ALPBC’s heavily anti-Trump reporting has infected the formerly intelligent and analytical mind of my spouse. A person who was once able to sniff out bullshit in an instant is now beholden to the Trump Derangement Syndrome emanating from the ALPBC in diarrhoea-like volumes, and parrots their lines almost verbatim.

    Instead of seeing hope that the vexed situation of the 66-year continuation of the Korean War might be over, all he can do is sneer and demean Trump. It’s almost as though he wants the status quo to continue, despite having been genuinely afraid of a possible nuclear change between NK and the US under Trumps presidency.

    Trump may yet fail, Kim may yet renege, things may yet turn to crap. Kim’s parent capitulation may only because of failure of his nuclear ambitions. But this is much further than any other US president or anyone else has managed to get with NK. It’s only being torn down and derided because it’s Trump who has brought us to this more hopeful pass.

    This Kim, despite being a brutal dictator and arguably a homicidal maniac, has been exposed to the Western world, and is possibly genuinely interested in opening up the benefits to the benighted citizens of NK. His personal survival possibly depends on change happening as well.

    The insanity of the left is truly astonishing.

    • Joe Blogs 13/06/2018, 10:18 am

      Sorry about the spouse, Kid.

      Trump’s trade sanctions and the US arsenal have the short back’n’sides psycho by the nuts.

  • Eliza 13/06/2018, 9:32 am

    The old saying “Roman was not built in a day” is true of this meeting between these two leaders and as President Trump said, there is much much more to do and my people and I will work on this non stop to achieve our goals. The muck stream muckers ie the msm do not want Trump to be successful so will continue to downgrade this meeting.
    How I wish we had a Trump to make Australia Great again.

    • Popular Front 13/06/2018, 9:37 am

      So do I Eliza but aside from Tony Abbott I believe our ‘Australian Trump’ has not yet entered Parliament.

    • Joe Blogs 13/06/2018, 10:20 am
      • Eliza 13/06/2018, 12:58 pm

        Thanks for that Joe Blogs, love a bit of dreaming!!

      • Joe Blogs 13/06/2018, 4:49 pm

        It’s a perfect fit for you, Eliza.

  • Deano 13/06/2018, 10:03 am

    I haven’t heard Obama getting credit for this yet but I’m sure that’s coming. Or maybe Hillary could get a Nobel Peace Prize for it. If Obama could get nominated after just 11 days in office, Hillary needn’t even be elected for it.

    • Cliff 13/06/2018, 12:19 pm

      Oh,it was definitely mentioned yesterday, Deano. I heard it said on Fox News. “Trump is just reaping the benefits of all the groundwork that was done by Obama.” The US Democrats could give our ALP a run for their money in the ‘delusional to their very core’ stakes.

    • Joe Blogs 13/06/2018, 4:51 pm

      They were going to give HRC the NPP for losing the election so she’s stop her squawking and give us all some peace; but they withdrew it because she won’t shut up.

      • Deano 13/06/2018, 11:14 pm


  • Penguinite 13/06/2018, 10:42 am

    The negators are going-off about a joint military exercise between US/SK has been canceled as a “demand” from Kim Jong-un. Well blow me down if Trump hadn’t already flagged that as an easy concession. The kudos for this potential peace initiative far out-weighs the sight of a few soldiers running up the beach and aircraft dropping a few bombs. If nothing else it’s saved both US and SK a few million $$$ and significantly enhanced the chance for a major break-through. I also suspect that KIU was under pressure from his Generals to signify a willingness to sue for peace. There is no way a country so bereft of cash could sustain a prolonged confrontation, on several fronts, for more that a few days!

    • Popular Front 13/06/2018, 12:37 pm

      Nailed it Penguinite.

    • TommyGun 13/06/2018, 3:48 pm

      I like the way Trump runs the USA like a business:
      War Games?….Cost too much; deliver no real benefit: cut them out! (But make it look like we’re giving Kim a real concession on this.)
      Saves $$$ and makes diplomatic headway at the same time.

  • Graham 13/06/2018, 12:48 pm

    It’s sad really, the pathetic response by the MSM to the document signed by Trump and Kim. It doesn’t give any detail, timeframe blah blah. I’m not sure what they were expecting a ‘War and Peace’ document. Contrast this reporting with that of the communique from the G7, sorry G6. Did that say anything worthwhile except the usual blandishments (that’s if anyone knows or cares what is says)? Do these scribblers and loud mouths really want this agreement with Kim to fail?

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