Trump Shows Glimpse of Wolverine Teeth to South Korea…

President Trump has hinted at deconstructing a trade deal with South Korea.  Geopolitical “experts” clutch their pearls at the possibility of President Trump targeting S-Korea at the same time that North Korea threatens the region.

WASHINGTON – President Trump confirmed Saturday that he was talking with advisers amid reports that he had instructed aides to prepare to withdraw the U.S. from its free trade agreement with South Korea.

“I am. It’s very much on my mind,” Trump told a reporter covering his day trip to Texas and Louisiana when asked if he was talking to advisers and would do something in the coming week. (more)

Media pundits join in deep sighs of concern. Oh noes, he didn’t..

CTH laughs.

People need to get their mind right with the entire principle behind ‘America-First’ and looking out for America’s best interests.  It wasn’t so long ago that South Korea was snarking back at POTUS Trump, the United States and were dismissive about paying for THAAD missile defenses etc.

Given the nature of the less than appreciative prior position by Moon Jae-in, what better time is there to renegotiate a trade deal with South Korea than the exact moment when South Korea is in a heightened state of vulnerability?

Do you really think President Trump is going to give up moments when U.S. transactional leverage is the highest?  Just to keep polite diplomatic appearances?  Where was the national security foresight of  Moon Jae-in when he was snarkily dismissing the security offered by the Trump administration?

This fundamental disconnect on when leverage is greatest, and when to use it, is why people continually miss President Trump’s instinctual capability as an apex predator.  This fundamental truism also highlights the ridiculous nature of those who use historic prisms to view a modern president who is staunchly ‘Ameria-First’.

If you want us on your team, we don’t arrive without terms for our participation.  Period.

Is it nice to leverage South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in when he’s at his most vulnerable? Probably not.  Are we concerned about ‘nice’ given the nature of the recent lack of appreciation?  Not-so-much.   Is it brutal to leverage a better U.S. trade outcome against the backdrop of the current national security situation in Southeast Asia?  Possibly.  So what?

Additionally, when the defender of liberty shows his Apex Predator tendencies, there’s another benefit….

….Do you think NATO and European Allies are not paying attention to what happens when Moon Jae-in takes President Trump’s U.S. defense, protection and financial interests for granted, meanwhile there’s a carnivorous ‘bear’ on their own doorstep?

Think about it as more trade deals are later negotiated.

No better time to strike a better trade deal folks.  Leverage, we have the best leverage.  No better time.

 

 

 

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74 Responses to Trump Shows Glimpse of Wolverine Teeth to South Korea…

  1. rsanchez1990 says:

    Lil Kim: “Hahaha we got those imperialist pigs to fight each other! Ha- hey China what wrong?”

    China: “Sorry Kim, he threatened us with stopping all trade. We can’t do this anymore.”

    Lil Kim: “What?! China prease!”

    Liked by 8 people

  2. Bob says:

    We need to up our game as a Country relating to industrial espionage. The Korea’s are exceptionally good at it. They will snaggle your business out from you before you can file for bankruptcy.

    Liked by 8 people

    • Cuppa Covfefe says:

      Yep. And those Samsung “Smart” TVs are smarter than most people think or know.
      (And I know, Garble and M$ and probably Apple are doing it too).

      Samsung’s even stooped to putting ads in their own menus…

      Liked by 5 people

  3. Jlwary says:

    Maybe all those twits on twitter should listen more… for crying out loud, smh…

    Liked by 8 people

  4. missmarple2 says:

    Sundance,

    I love reading your explanations!

    Isn’t it amazing how these journalists and “experts” require the US to behave by Marquis of Queensberry rules, while ignoring what South Korea has done?

    Liked by 27 people

    • Charlie says:

      Media and experts intentionally distort, ignore, misinform to destroy ‘Merica’ from within.
      Goal led by globalists/media whores almost buried the U.S.A. then came DJT.

      Liked by 9 people

    • CaptainNonno says:

      It’s a wonder they haven’t run for President, they’re so smart. Remind me of their huge accomplishments. I couldn’t find any using glooble.

      Liked by 11 people

    • fleporeblog says:

      Our President is at war with Globalism! NAFTA will be scrapped shortly unless Canada 🇨🇦 and especially Mexico 🇲🇽 decide we are screwed and there is nothing we can do to leverage the USA 🇺🇸. China 🇨🇳 will realize at some point this week that having North Korea 🇰🇵 test a nuclear bomb was the beginning of the end for their Economy. Russia 🇷🇺 has seen their world flipped upside down by our President unleashing our Energy Power. NATO has been neutered and are coughing up their 2% GDP as quickly as they can! Germany 🇩🇪 is at the cusp of throwing the Paris Accord out the window because their cars are taking a beating!

      Our President wouldn’t want it any other way!

      Liked by 10 people

      • Proud Deplorable says:

        Flepore, I always enjoy your comments. You make good points and have a flair for writing. One suggestion for your consideration is to stop embedding all the flags and lion icons and other symbols after each occurrence of a word that (I assume) is in some dictionary of icons. I assume you aren’t taking the time to do that manually. There is probably some setting that does it automatically. It was cute the first couple of times, but after seeing a thousand of them it’s just annoying. Again, your comments are great, and I appreciate the value you add to the forum.

        Liked by 4 people

      • Cuppa Covfefe says:

        Yep. I live in southwest Germany, and it’s similar to how GM used to be with America. If you mess with the auto industry, there will be he!! to pay, as there are something like 700,000 jobs that directly go with that, and untold thousands amongst the suppliers (Zulieferer) and others.

        Just like the CAGW madness, “Dieselgate” is a manufactured crisis. The ADAC (our version of the AAA) had an article in 2012 or 2013 about “Euro 6”, a standard promoted by the EU (as a response to Obozo’s EPA attack on diesels) and how the technology of the time didn’t stand a snowball’s chance in he!! of meeting those requirements, which were bogus in the first place (look up 2.5µm particulates fallacies). The engineers knew back then that they’d been given an impossible task, but, just like Dilbert, would be forced to complete it.

        We’re currently dealing with NOx being too high. The Greens (and others) don’t realize they have conflicting goals. To reduce CO² (which does no good anyway, cf China and India and their coal-fired generating plants), the efficiency of combustion must be increased. Not bad, as it reduces the fuel consumption, and the cost of driving. Sounds like a win-win. But, that’s not enough for the Greens (as non-technical as anyone can be). As the efficiency rises, so does the production of NOx (shades of Dukes of Hazzard and “Nitrous”).

        The Greens say “NOx is bad”, but “CO² is bad”. Conflicting goals. You can’t have both. But they don’t understand that. I suspect they’re the ones who flunked math, logic, chemistry, and physics.

        The association of car manufacturers has given their leader the boot. As soon as the general election is over, they will meet and elect a new leader, as the course chosen by Merkel, and, indeed, the entire EU is “unsustainable” (oh, how I hate that word).

        As the auto industry goes, so goes Germany. We have lots of exports, but without the car industry, we’re toast. Stale toast. Not even croutons.

        So, just as with CAGW, we’re chasing unicorns and pixie dust and other problems, that might not even occur in 100 years, if ever. And we’re sacrificing our children’s and childrens’ childrens’ futures (not to mention our own) based on fake data and fake problems.

        The real engineers are having none of it. And more and more of the everyday people as well…

        N.B. “Mutti” Merkel has a doctorate in Physics/Chemistry, and even though it’s from the DDR, it’s pretty much an indication that she’s no dumb bunny. So she knows it’s a scam, too, but her puppeteers (Soros, et. al.) keep her quiet on that count. My family here (in Germany) say she’s been acting odder and odder over time, so it appears she’s being leaned upon rather hard. Too bad the rest of us have to pay for it, as it were…

        Liked by 5 people

      • CiscoKid says:

        👏👍👏 fleporeblog

        Liked by 2 people

  5. starfcker says:

    nick burns, one of the all time sellouts from our vaunted diplomatic corps. Guys like him are why we have the problems we do. Time to go away, traitor.

    Liked by 9 people

  6. Angus McGeef says:

    The art of living is more like wrestling than dancing. –Marcus Aurelius

    Liked by 8 people

  7. singingsoul says:

    Obama several months ago went to South Korea to meet with President Moon Jae before Tillerson met with him . I have always wondered what and why he went there to meet with this guy.
    Shortly thereafter President Moon Jae did not take the offer to secure S-Korea with ahi missles..
    What bothers me is that people like Obama McCain mess around our foreign policies.
    The pressure will be on for POTUS to cave to N-Korea and China. I do not think President Trump will cave there is to much at stake. When I grew up my father always warned that China was the biggest thread.

    Liked by 17 people

    • Lucille says:

      Singingsoul, thank God President Trump is an experienced tightrope walker. A lesser man would have caved on any number of issues by now.

      Your father was right. China is, indeed, the greatest threat. Russia is a road bump in comparison. Many observers believe China is just itching to find the right time to show what they can do…besides which their single men need to work off all that testosterone they don’t get to expend on females. Russia has little to threaten/bargain with other than their nuclear capability and their oil…of which China is likely their largest importer in 2017. So they need each other right now.

      You can read numerous articles pro and con as to Russia’s military capabilities and whether their forces are wisely managed. China’s appears well run and would beat Russia hands down should Russia be dumb enough to provoke the beast. Putin is wily, but he would be the lesser partner should the nations buddy up.

      This is a very interesting background article: http://atlas.media.mit.edu/en/profile/country/rus/ .

      Liked by 3 people

    • mike says:

      Bet the So Koreans say, “double the THAAD and add a side of Patriot batteries”.
      They should be pissed with Obama if the emergency order doubles their costs.

      I’d love to see So Korea publicly issue a persona non grata on Obama, and publish his sweet lies. In fact, this should be required for the rushed US weapons orders.

      Like

  8. FL_GUY says:

    IMO, SK can shove it. I still remember the massive anti-American protests in the 1960s by their “students”. ,

    Liked by 11 people

  9. sassymemphisbelle says:

    America First, what is it about this simple premise these boneheads don’t understand, seriously?
    President Trump ran on the global shattering platform of America First, its what drew me and 64 million others to vote him into the WH…get a clue you morons, China, South Korea, Canada, Mexico and the EU can tank as far as POTUS cares if they don’t want to play ball by his new rules. AMERICA FIRST and nobody else.

    Liked by 21 people

  10. n1ghtcr4wler says:

    reading the twitter gibberish of these libtards is really something else. how can anyone be that stupid.

    Liked by 6 people

    • JBrickley says:

      No this is a good thing, their masks are slipping. The media is not asking the right questions. They are talking about FLOTUS to avoid talking about Trump winning hearts and minds in Harvey disaster areas. Instead of looking into the massive amount of economic pressure the US is actually using the media would rather rant and rave and display anger and call POTUS stupid. Trump has dusted off the lever and positioned the fulcrum and he’s using the full weight and power of the USA economy to force his America First policies. It’s about freaking time! Trump is getting things done, the train is still rolling and picking up speed.

      Eventually, everyone will wake up and see the massive sea change as we cross a tipping point. What’s next? Oh, I dunno, how about fixing those oil refineries and clear the way to build about ten more of them! We haven’t built a new refinery in decades! Watch gas prices in the states plummet right before re-election in 2020! Imagine $1.25/gal average on 87 octane.

      Liked by 15 people

      • JBrickley says:

        Besides, Trump can’t talk openly about what’s going on because it’s all rather important to not tip your hat while still negotiating. It’s also a good idea to not educate your opposition to how you do things. At some point, there will be a massive list of accomplishments along with speaking well of our new trade partners, etc. Let them save face publically.

        Liked by 10 people

        • parteagirl says:

          I think Trump actually enjoys all of the cover and distractions that the twitter noise and Fake News is giving him, and he even seems to egg them on at times. Oh please, Brer Fox, don’t throw me into that Briar Patch!

          Liked by 16 people

          • I agree with you Parteagirl. It’s part of his strategy. Create media chaos and continue working towards the goal. Obama did it but in a different manner. His was bait and switch.

            Liked by 8 people

          • TreeClimber says:

            That’s my thought on some of his tweets (not all, just a few.) Your last sentence really cracked me up – and aside from the fact that he’s probably 50x smarter than Brer Rabbit, I think you nailed it!

            Liked by 4 people

      • Blacksmith8 says:

        $1.25?
        Nope.
        75 cents
        Oh Yeah!

        Liked by 5 people

      • mariner says:

        Gas prices won’t plummet; they’ll increase just as they did in 2004 and 2008.

        Those with the ability to manipulate gasoline prices for political advantage are globalists and leftists.

        Like

    • Joe Blow says:

      There is no truth in these people. They are spiritually blind & clinically stupid.

      Liked by 9 people

  11. These professional typists are in no position to advise President Trump. They are 100% pro-Globalist, anti-MAGA, and anti-America First.

    “People need to get their mind right with the entire principle behind ‘America-First’ and looking out for America’s best interests.” <—- This, 100%.

    Liked by 18 people

    • wolfmoon1776 says:

      Yes. These Ben Rhodes-manipulated checkers players are in no position to lecture a strategic grandmaster! They’ve been messing up the country – and the world – for 50 years, doing the bidding of China and not even realizing it.

      STAND ASIDE, PRESS MUNCHKINS!

      Liked by 5 people

    • highdezertgator says:

      “Keynesian Stenographers” they believe the BS of the Federal Reserve managed market economy…. Globalist for Globalism…. ‘dey ain’t got no room for no deplorable main street fly over country hicks

      Liked by 2 people

    • Benson II says:

      For many of them their belief system is all they have. I would say their lack of intelligence is to our advantage. If they truly understood what Trump is doing and had the ability to debate it we’d have a real argument on our hands. Not one they could win but one that to many would listen to. As it is they are clutching at the usual straws the left uses as arguments and it only appeals if at all to the easily led.

      Liked by 1 person

  12. Bert Darrell says:

    The MSM are doing what they always do best: playing or actually being dumb when America starts to do what she should have done a long time ago.

    After many years of (mal)practice, the MSM have perfected the “Art of the Stupid”, exactly at the time when a majority of Americans and many others around the world are watching PDJT demonstrating how the “Art of the Deal” works.

    Liked by 7 people

  13. no-nonsense-nancy says:

    Wow, Sundance, you are keeping me busy this afternoon reading Thank you for being up on all the goings on. Doughboy kept our president in the Oval office on this Sunday, too.

    Liked by 6 people

  14. appadoo9 says:

    ‘The Professional Typists’ Ha!, I like that one. Heck, though, they’re just being politically correct. What else would you expect?

    Liked by 4 people

  15. Stringy theory says:

    With a holes like frump and corn criticizing him, you know Trump is doing it right. I love this alpha male who is finally looking out for middle class Americans, not the globalists.

    Liked by 3 people

  16. andyocoregon says:

    I’m glad I don’t own a Hyundai or Kia vehicle. They could be difficult to obtain spare parts for in the near future.

    Liked by 3 people

  17. yakmaster2 says:

    I noticed today that Chris Matthews is doing his globalist propaganda stchik by interviewing Barf! She’s a pearl clutcher extraordinaire. “WE should this and WE should that.” Well, as Tonto said to the Lone Ranger, “What’s this WE, paleface?”
    You had your turn under Shrillary, Miss Blondie, and none of that 💩worked out!

    Liked by 5 people

  18. annieoakley says:

    Who will buy all of those Samsung phones and TV listening devices?

    Liked by 3 people

  19. wolfmoon1776 says:

    “CTH laughs.”

    I love it!

    Liked by 3 people

  20. TheLastDemocrat says:

    Why are we bankrolling all of this?

    Answer: Folks, somewhere within these deals is where the money flows back to congresspersons. Value for America, generally, is not in their equation.

    Liked by 2 people

  21. David R. Graham says:

    AKA: If you have leverage, use it! Don’t hesitate, deploy your assets. This is statecraft, not afternoon tea. Parable of the Talents territory.

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  22. A2 says:

    Already in the works. KORUS FTA renegotiations started in early July of this year.

    “Sources: U.S., in KORUS special session, asked for immediate elimination of Korean agriculture tariffs
    September 03, 2017
    During the first-ever special session of the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement’s joint committee last month, the U.S. — aiming to reduce its bilateral trade deficit — asked Seoul to immediately drop all of its remaining agriculture tariffs while allowing phaseouts for U.S. agriculture tariffs to be extended by five to 10 years….”

    nsidetrade.com/daily-news/sources-us-korus-special-session-asked-immediate-elimination-korean-agriculture-tariffs?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

    Like

  23. JoAnn Leichliter says:

    I guess all those moaning pundits forgot about never letting a crisis go to waste.

    Liked by 1 person

  24. heldnmut says:

    Sundance, thank you, as always, for great insight & analysis. I so appreciate it!

    Outstanding! ” Is it brutal to leverage a better U.S. trade outcome against the backdrop of the current national security situation in Southeast Asia? Possibly. So what?”

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  25. To be brutally honest, i don’t care that Trump is putting South Korea over a barrel. I’m tired of helping the rest of the world while they sneer at us. In addition, I remember Mr. “Gangman Style”‘s remarks about “Yankee soldiers.” That puke would be in a concentration camp outside Pyongyang right now if it wasn’t for “Yankee soldiers” during the Korean War.

    So no. If Trump’s got the guy over a barrel, then by all means, it’s time for some re-negotiation. I daresay South Korea needs us a WHOLE lot more then we need them.

    Maybe President Trump can make sneering at America while demanding US protection or $$$ a real unfashionable thing to do.

    America First, Forever.

    Liked by 2 people

  26. Nordic Breed says:

    My comments about being “nice”. Here’s the origin of the word:

    late 13c., “foolish, stupid, senseless,” from Old French nice (12c.) “careless, clumsy; weak; poor, needy; simple, stupid, silly, foolish,” from Latin nescius “ignorant, unaware,” literally “not-knowing,” from ne- “not” (from PIE root *ne- “not”) + stem of scire “to know” (see science). “The sense development has been extraordinary, even for an adj.” [Weekley] — from “timid” (pre-1300); to “fussy, fastidious” (late 14c.); to “dainty, delicate” (c. 1400); to “precise, careful” (1500s, preserved in such terms as a nice distinction and nice and early); to “agreeable, delightful” (1769); to “kind, thoughtful” (1830).

    How we got from foolish, stupid and senseless to kind and thoughtful I don’t know. What I do know is that our president and our country is kind and thoughtful when we use leverage to whack predators and terrorists off at the knees. China, and NK fall into those two categories. Look at Kim starving his people. Look at China suppressing freedom of thought and religion while forcibly aborting its future.

    Using leverage is more than kind and thoughtful. It’s making this world a safer place to live and prosper in, and not just for America. What could be nicer than that?

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