Thursday came with a supposed bang, but offered little more than just disappointment and apparent falsehoods from the Trump administration.
Shortly after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un agreed to “work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean peninsula” at the Singaporean summit on June 12th, Americans were thrilled to hear from President Donald Trump that the promised arrangements were beginning to take shape.
Although it’s true President Donald Trump recently offered an optimistic view of the situation, saying, “They’re destroying their engine site. They’re blowing it up,” senior officials at the White House have since failed to corroborate his statements.
U.S. Defense Secretary James “Mad Dog” Mattis was one of those who dissented, with a resounding “No, I’m not aware of that,” when asked if North Korea had made any steps toward denuclearization. “Obviously it’s the front end of the process,” he continued, “The detailed negotiations have not begun. I wouldn’t expect that at this point.”
General Mattis, who has served for four decades in uniform, had his observations confirmed by the U.S. based North Korean monitoring group, 38 North.
As of June 12th, the organization reported that “commercial satellite imagery of North Korea’s Sohae Satellite Launching Station from June 12 shows no apparent activity related to any dismantlement of its rocket engine test stand.”
Strangely, immediately after praising North Korea for their alleged progress toward a denuclearized Korean Peninsula, President Trump signed an executive order which contained language directly opposed to what he has told the American people in recent tweets, wherein he assured folks that “everybody can now feel much safer than the day I took office. There is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea. Meeting with Kim Jong Un was an interesting and very positive experience. North Korea has great potential for the future!”
Despite this cheerful reassurance, it would appear that the reality of the situation is one he’d rather hide.
The aforementioned executive order stated that North Korea’s international policies and nuclear proliferation “continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States.”
These double-backs and inconsistencies offer a troubling picture of the current administration: one whose commander and chief says one thing, but then actively attacks an issue from a point he does not publicize, ignoring the advisement of forty-year veterans, and refusing to deter his own political agenda even in the face of facts.