The 2017 Trump Speech on North Korea Media Avoid Discussing – The Trump Doctrine…

On November 8th, 2017, President Donald Trump delivered a historic speech to the South Korean National Assembly in Seoul. Amid escalating tensions with North Korea, President Trump outlined his views, policy and perspective for the regional partners while calling for North Korea to reevaluate its path.

Against the backdrop of a meeting today June 12th, 2018, between President Trump and North Korea Chairman Kim Jong-un, this speech set the stage for where we are today:

[WHITE HOUSE] PRESIDENT TRUMP: Assembly Speaker Chung, distinguished members of this Assembly, ladies and gentlemen: Thank you for the extraordinary privilege to speak in this great chamber and to address your people on behalf of the people of the United States of America.

In our short time in your country, Melania and I have been awed by its ancient and modern wonders, and we are deeply moved by the warmth of your welcome.

Last night, President and Mrs. Moon showed us incredible hospitality in a beautiful reception at the Blue House. We had productive discussions on increasing military cooperation and improving the trade relationship between our nations on the principle of fairness and reciprocity.

Through this entire visit, it has been both our pleasure and our honor to create and celebrate a long friendship between the United States and the Republic of Korea.

This alliance between our nations was forged in the crucible of war, and strengthened by the trials of history. From the Inchon landings to Pork Chop Hill, American and South Korean soldiers have fought together, sacrificed together, and triumphed together.

Almost 67 years ago, in the spring of 1951, they recaptured what remained of this city where we are gathered so proudly today. It was the second time in a year that our combined forces took on steep casualties to retake this capital from the communists.

Over the next weeks and months, the men soldiered through steep mountains and bloody, bloody battles. Driven back at times, they willed their way north to form the line that today divides the oppressed and the free. And there, American and South Korean troops have remained together holding that line for nearly seven decades. (Applause.)

By the time the armistice was signed in 1953, more than 36,000 Americans had died in the Korean War, with more than 100,000 others very badly wounded. They are heroes, and we honor them. We also honor and remember the terrible price the people of your country paid for their freedom. You lost hundreds of thousands of brave soldiers and countless innocent civilians in that gruesome war.

Much of this great city of Seoul was reduced to rubble. Large portions of the country were scarred — severely, severely hurt — by this horrible war. The economy of this nation was demolished.

But as the entire world knows, over the next two generations something miraculous happened on the southern half of this peninsula. Family by family, city by city, the people of South Korea built this country into what is today one of the great nations of the world. And I congratulate you. (Applause.) In less than one lifetime, South Korea climbed from total devastation to among the wealthiest nations on Earth.

Today, your economy is more than 350 times larger than what it was in 1960. Trade has increased 1,900 times. Life expectancy has risen from just 53 years to more than 82 years today.

Like Korea, and since my election exactly one year ago today, I celebrate with you. (Applause.) The United States is going through something of a miracle itself. Our stock market is at an all-time high. Unemployment is at a 17-year low. We are defeating ISIS. We are strengthening our judiciary, including a brilliant Supreme Court justice, and on, and on, and on.

Currently stationed in the vicinity of this peninsula are the three largest aircraft carriers in the world loaded to the maximum with magnificent F-35 and F-18 fighter jets. In addition, we have nuclear submarines appropriately positioned. The United States, under my administration, is completely rebuilding its military and is spending hundreds of billions of dollars to the newest and finest military equipment anywhere in the world being built, right now. I want peace through strength. (Applause.)

We are helping the Republic of Korea far beyond what any other country has ever done. And, in the end, we will work things out far better than anybody understands or can even appreciate. I know that the Republic of Korea, which has become a tremendously successful nation, will be a faithful ally of the United States very long into the future. (Applause.)

What you have built is truly an inspiration. Your economic transformation was linked to a political one. The proud, sovereign, and independent people of your nation demanded the right to govern themselves. You secured free parliamentary elections in 1988, the same year you hosted your first Olympics.

Soon after, you elected your first civilian president in more than three decades. And when the Republic you won faced financial crisis, you lined up by the millions to give your most prized possessions — your wedding rings, heirlooms, and gold luck keys — to restore the promise of a better future for your children. (Applause.)

Your wealth is measured in more than money — it is measured in achievements of the mind and achievements of spirit. Over the last several decades, your scientists of engineers — have engineered so many magnificent things. You’ve pushed the boundaries of technology, pioneered miraculous medical treatments, and emerged as leaders in unlocking the mysteries of our universe.

Korean authors penned roughly 40,000 books this year. Korean musicians fill concert halls all around the world. Young Korean students graduate from college at the highest rates of any country. And Korean golfers are some of the best on Earth. (Applause.)

In fact — and you know what I’m going to say — the Women’s U.S. Open was held this year at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, and it just happened to be won by a great Korean golfer, Sung-hyun Park. An eighth of the top 10 players were from Korea. And the top four golfers — one, two, three, four — the top four were from Korea. Congratulations. (Applause.) Congratulations. And that’s something. That is really something.

Here in Seoul, architectural wonders like the Sixty-Three Building and the Lotte World Tower — very beautiful — grace the sky and house the workers of many growing industries.

Your citizens now help to feed the hungry, fight terrorism, and solve problems all over the world. And in a few months, you will host the world and you will do a magnificent job at the 23rd Olympic Winter Games. Good luck. (Applause.)

The Korean miracle extends exactly as far as the armies of free nations advanced in 1953 — 24 miles to the north. There, it stops; it all comes to an end. Dead stop. The flourishing ends, and the prison state of North Korea sadly begins.

Workers in North Korea labor grueling hours in unbearable conditions for almost no pay. Recently, the entire working population was ordered to work for 70 days straight, or else pay for a day of rest.

Families live in homes without plumbing, and fewer than half have electricity. Parents bribe teachers in hopes of saving their sons and daughters from forced labor. More than a million North Koreans died of famine in the 1990s, and more continue to die of hunger today.

Among children under the age of five, nearly 30 percent of afflicted — and are afflicted by stunted growth due to malnutrition. And yet, in 2012 and 2013, the regime spent an estimated $200 million — or almost half the money that it allocated to improve living standards for its people — to instead build even more monuments, towers, and statues to glorify its dictators.

What remains of the meager harvest of the North Korean economy is distributed according to perceived loyalty to a twisted regime. Far from valuing its people as equal citizens, this cruel dictatorship measures them, scores them, and ranks them based on the most arbitrary indications of their allegiance to the state. Those who score the highest in loyalty may live in the capital city. Those who score the lowest starve. A small infraction by one citizen, such as accidently staining a picture of the tyrant printed in a discarded newspaper, can wreck the social credit rank of his entire family for many decades.

An estimated 100,000 North Koreans suffer in gulags, toiling in forced labor, and enduring torture, starvation, rape, and murder on a constant basis.

In one known instance, a 9-year-old boy was imprisoned for 10 years because his grandfather was accused of treason. In another, a student was beaten in school for forgetting a single detail about the life of Kim Jong-un.

Soldiers have kidnapped foreigners and forced them to work as language tutors for North Korean spies.

In the part of Korea that was a stronghold for Christianity before the war, Christians and other people of faith who are found praying or holding a religious book of any kind are now detained, tortured, and in many cases, even executed.

North Korean women are forced to abort babies that are considered ethnically inferior. And if these babies are born, the newborns are murdered.

One womans baby born to a Chinese father was taken away in a bucket. The guards said it did not deserve to live because it was impure.

So why would China feel an obligation to help North Korea?

The horror of life in North Korea is so complete that citizens pay bribes to government officials to have themselves exported aboard as slaves. They would rather be slaves than live in North Korea.

To attempt to flee is a crime punishable by death. One person who escaped remarked, “When I think about it now, I was not a human being. I was more like an animal. Only after leaving North Korea did I realize what life was supposed to be.”

And so, on this peninsula, we have watched the results of a tragic experiment in a laboratory of history. It is a tale of one people, but two Koreas. One Korea in which the people took control of their lives and their country, and chose a future of freedom and justice, of civilization, and incredible achievement. And another Korea in which leaders imprison their people under the banner of tyranny, fascism, and oppression. The result of this experiment are in, and they are totally conclusive.

When the Korean War began in 1950, the two Koreas were approximately equal in GDP per capita. But by the 1990s, South Koreas wealth had surpassed North Korea’s by more than 10 times. And today, the Souths economy is over 40 times larger. You started the same a short while ago, and now you’re 40 times larger. You’re doing something right.

Considering the misery wrought by the North Korean dictatorship, it is no surprise that it has been forced to take increasingly desperate measures to prevent its people from understanding this brutal contrast.

Because the regime fears the truth above all else, it forbids virtually all contact with the outside world. Not just my speech today, but even the most commonplace facts of South Korean life are forbidden knowledge to the North Korean people. Western and South Korean music is banned. Possession of foreign media is a crime punishable by death. Citizens spy on fellow citizens, their homes are subject to search at any time, and their every action is subject to surveillance. In place of a vibrant society, the people of North Korea are bombarded by state propaganda practically every waking hour of the day.

North Korea is a country ruled as a cult. At the center of this military cult is a deranged belief in the leaders destiny to rule as parent protector over a conquered Korean Peninsula and an enslaved Korean people.

The more successful South Korea becomes, the more decisively you discredit the dark fantasy at the heart of the Kim regime.

In this way, the very existence of a thriving South Korean republic threatens the very survival of the North Korean dictatorship.

This city and this assembly are living proof that a free and independent Korea not only can, but does stand strong, sovereign, and proud among the nations of the world. (Applause.)

Here, the strength of the nation does not come from the false glory of a tyrant. It comes from the true and powerful glory of a strong and great people — the people of the Republic of Korea — a Korean people who are free to live, to flourish, to worship, to love, to build, and to grow their own destiny.

In this Republic, the people have done what no dictator ever could — you took, with the help of the United States, responsibility for yourselves and ownership of your future. You had a dream — a Korean dream — and you built that dream into a great reality.

In so doing, you performed the miracle on the Hahn that we see all around us, from the stunning skyline of Seoul to the plains and peaks of this beautiful landscape. You have done it freely, you have done it happily, and you have done it in your own very beautiful way.

This reality — this wonderful place — your success is the greatest cause of anxiety, alarm, and even panic to the North Korean regime. That is why the Kim regime seeks conflict abroad — to distract from total failure that they suffer at home.

Since the so-called armistice, there have been hundreds of North Korean attacks on Americans and South Koreans. These attacks have included the capture and torture of the brave American soldiers of the USS Pueblo, repeated assaults on American helicopters, and the 1969 drowning [downing] of a U.S. surveillance plane that killed 31 American servicemen. The regime has made numerous lethal incursions in South Korea, attempted to assassinate senior leaders, attacked South Korean ships, and tortured Otto Warmbier, ultimately leading to that fine young man’s death.

All the while, the regime has pursued nuclear weapons with the deluded hope that it could blackmail its way to the ultimate objective. And that objective we are not going to let it have. We are not going to let it have. All of Korea is under that spell, divided in half. South Korea will never allow what’s going on in North Korea to continue to happen.

The North Korean regime has pursued its nuclear and ballistic missile programs in defiance of every assurance, agreement, and commitment it has made to the United States and its allies. It’s broken all of those commitments. After promising to freeze its plutonium program in 1994, it repeated [reaped] the benefits of the deal and then — and then immediately continued its illicit nuclear activities.

In 2005, after years of diplomacy, the dictatorship agreed to ultimately abandon its nuclear programs and return to the Treaty on Non-Proliferation. But it never did. And worse, it tested the very weapons it said it was going to give up. In 2009, the United States gave negotiations yet another chance, and offered North Korea the open hand of engagement. The regime responded by sinking a South Korean Navy ship, killing 46 Korean sailors. To this day, it continues to launch missiles over the sovereign territory of Japan and all other neighbors, test nuclear devices, and develop ICBMs to threaten the United States itself. The regime has interpreted Americas past restraint as weakness. This would be a fatal miscalculation. This is a very different administration than the United States has had in the past.

Today, I hope I speak not only for our countries, but for all civilized nations, when I say to the North: Do not underestimate us, and do not try us. We will defend our common security, our shared prosperity, and our sacred liberty.

We did not choose to draw here, on this peninsula — (applause) — this magnificent peninsula — the thin line of civilization that runs around the world and down through time. But here it was drawn, and here it remains to this day. It is the line between peace and war, between decency and depravity, between law and tyranny, between hope and total despair. It is a line that has been drawn many times, in many places, throughout history. To hold that line is a choice free nations have always had to make. We have learned together the high cost of weakness and the high stakes of its defense.

Americas men and women in uniform have given their lives in the fight against Nazism, imperialism, Communism and terrorism.

America does not seek conflict or confrontation, but we will never run from it. History is filled with discarded regimes that have foolishly tested Americas resolve.

Anyone who doubts the strength or determination of the United States should look to our past, and you will doubt it no longer. We will not permit America or our allies to be blackmailed or attacked. We will not allow American cities to be threatened with destruction. We will not be intimidated. And we will not let the worst atrocities in history be repeated here, on this ground, we fought and died so hard to secure. (Applause.)

That is why I have come here, to the heart of a free and flourishing Korea, with a message for the peace-loving nations of the world: The time for excuses is over. Now is the time for strength. If you want peace, you must stand strong at all times. (Applause.) The world cannot tolerate the menace of a rogue regime that threatens with nuclear devastation.

All responsible nations must join forces to isolate the brutal regime of North Korea — to deny it and any form — any form of it. You cannot support, you cannot supply, you cannot accept. We call on every nation, including China and Russia, to fully implement U.N. Security Council resolutions, downgrade diplomatic relations with the regime, and sever all ties of trade and technology.

It is our responsibility and our duty to confront this danger together — because the longer we wait, the greater the danger grows, and the fewer the options become. (Applause.) And to those nations that choose to ignore this threat, or, worse still, to enable it, the weight of this crisis is on your conscience.

I also have come here to this peninsula to deliver a message directly to the leader of the North Korean dictatorship: The weapons you are acquiring are not making you safer. They are putting your regime in grave danger. Every step you take down this dark path increases the peril you face.

North Korea is not the paradise your grandfather envisioned. It is a hell that no person deserves. Yet, despite every crime you have committed against God and man, you are ready to offer, and we will do that — we will offer a path to a much better future. It begins with an end to the aggression of your regime, a stop to your development of ballistic missiles, and complete, verifiable, and total denuclearization. (Applause.)

A sky-top view of this peninsula shows a nation of dazzling light in the South and a mass of impenetrable darkness in the North. We seek a future of light, prosperity, and peace. But we are only prepared to discuss this brighter path for North Korea if its leaders cease their threats and dismantle their nuclear program.

The sinister regime of North Korea is right about only one thing: The Korean people do have a glorious destiny, but they could not be more wrong about what that destiny looks like. The destiny of the Korean people is not to suffer in the bondage of oppression, but to thrive in the glory of freedom. (Applause.)

What South Koreans have achieved on this peninsula is more than a victory for your nation. It is a victory for every nation that believes in the human spirit. And it is our hope that, someday soon, all of your brothers and sisters of the North will be able to enjoy the fullest of life intended by God.

Your republic shows us all of what is possible. In just a few decades, with only the hard work, courage, and talents of your people, you turned this war-torn land into a nation blessed with wealth, rich in culture, and deep in spirit. You built a home where all families can flourish and where all children can shine and be happy.

This Korea stands strong and tall among the great community of independent, confident, and peace-loving nations. We are nations that respect our citizens, cherish our liberty, treasure our sovereignty, and control our own destiny. We affirm the dignity of every person and embrace the full potential of every soul. And we are always prepared to defend the vital interests of our people against the cruel ambition of tyrants.

Together, we dream of a Korea that is free, a peninsula that is safe, and families that are reunited once again. We dream of highways connecting North and South, of cousins embracing cousins, and this nuclear nightmare replaced with the beautiful promise of peace.

Until that day comes, we stand strong and alert. Our eyes are fixed to the North, and our hearts praying for the day when all Koreans can live in freedom. (Applause.)

Thank you. (Applause.) God Bless You. God Bless the Korean people.

Thank you very much. Thank you. (Applause.)

[Transcript Link]

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60 Responses to The 2017 Trump Speech on North Korea Media Avoid Discussing – The Trump Doctrine…

  1. theresanne says:

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  2. Publius2016 says:

    One for the Ages! New idea new policy…the Trump Asia Pivot based on peace prosperity protection!

    Liked by 8 people

    • Skinner says:

      Indeed! Would not be surprised to see a trade deal with NK directly, one on one, as part of this package. NK, SK and Japan may be the Asia template of unilateral trade deals that set the stage for others to follow.

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    • Just wait till China finds out their highly disputed Sea Island project is going to be no more… and that their dominance won’t be quite the way they planned?

      This Korean deal will give Master Troll and VSG PDJT new leverage over “Big Panda”… Maybe the US will have a military base and some missiles of its own on one of those islands that Vietnam or the Philipines claim for themselves as having infringed on their territory.

      Only for peace in the entire region and… freedom. For those who continue to mock the 7d chess moves, in general, that would be check and mate. IF lil kim keeps his word, which I feel like he has been forced into doing. 😀

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    • Maquis says:

      Let’s leave the “Pivoting” to Zero. Trump is a Full Spectrum Force addressing myriad objectives without telegraphing his direction or capacities.

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  3. Skinner says:

    Perhaps we should be patient with the media and the left in general since historically everything their meat puppets said in any speech or interview was lie after lie and they knew it.

    Trump speaks truth, again and again, then delivers. The clanging in their heads from the cognitive dissonance must be unsettling!

    I am living in historical times and enjoying every second of it.

    Liked by 10 people

  4. PowerCord says:

    We’re witnessing history. Good or bad, it’s still history.

    Liked by 5 people

  5. tonyE says:

    A MAJESTIC speech. Strong as an oak.

    And… he gave Kim an olive branch, a face saving way out ( “your grandfather”).

    This is the difference between words and actions. Platitudes by politicians are cheap, but Trump offers a clear path of action.

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  6. Margaret Berger says:

    “To do the same thing over and over and expect different results is insanity.” Is there anyone more sane that President Donald Trump?

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    • littleanniesfannie says:

      The the idiots on the left (definitely wrong, never right) side keep beating the “he’s crazy” drum. If honest, patriotic, fair, committed to excellence, faithful (to both God and country) make you “crazy”,we need a lot more “crazy” people in this country. Or, at the very least, we need to deport those who don’t love what this country has always stood for. You pansies, go find a country. Bet we could get a GoFundMe going for one way tickets out!!
      MAGA! And KAG!

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    • You’ve absolutely NAILED it, Margaret.
      Nothing could be more straightforward (now that you’ve said it)!

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  7. positron1352 says:

    What a speech by our President. Always in awe.

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  8. Landslide says:

    I’ll be honest….I never listened to past presidents give speeches in other countries. Did they spend the time lauding the accomplishments of the host country like President Trump does? It is a great way to build bridges and endear himself to them. I remember him doing this in Poland and Saudi Arabia also.

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    • Grandma Covfefe says:

      Us, too. Like many of you here on this site, we’ve heard every one of his speeches, thanks to so many of you, and Sundance, posting them here at TCTH.

      We Are Back–America is Back….thanks to President Trump and his MAGA Team.

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    • Deplorable_Infidel says:

      “I never listened to past presidents give speeches in other countries”

      Same here -although I was not a “political junkie”, I still liked to keep informed as much as possible, because you never know when you were going to have an intelligent conversation about the political scene.

      I wasn’t much for listening to what they had to say here, either. As mentioned on another thread over the weekend, I was pretty much turned off after GHW Bush gave his “New World Order” speech years ago.

      After watching the Whitewater hearings and WJC Impeachment proceedings, I decided that since I did not have to keep up with the political shenanigans for a living, my time was better spent elsewhere.

      2Timothy 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

      2Tim 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

      1Thessalonians 2:13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.

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      • Milo says:

        And listening to Obama telling the world how evil the United States was one time made me ill and refused to listen to political speeches.
        President Trump is a breath of fresh air and a wind of hope that we will recover from 8 years of a basement. MAGA.

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        • Mickturn says:

          AND notice the heavy emphasis President Trump (I so love saying that!) put on the great things the South Koreans have done. It’s wasn’t about Trump at all. Obama, the King Kong Narcissist, couldn’t speak 3 words without saying I, Me or some other ‘curse word’!

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  9. Pam says:

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    • Sunshine says:

      Thanks Pam. I was reading a few hours ago that Trump will be leaving early. I don’t know what that means. I think today will be the introduction to a series of meetings to come. A meet and greet situation where Trump will assess Kim’s good will.

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  10. A2 says:

    One year ago today, Otto Warmbier was returned to the US in a coma.
    RIP.

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    • Bob Thoms says:

      Wow. TY for this reminder.

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    • Rhoda R says:

      Probably one of the less heralded impacts of any accord coming out of this and subsequent meeting would be the elimination of the possibility of anything like that ever happening again. His poor family.

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      • Jedi9 says:

        The way to think about it is; if Warmbier’s death means a lasting peace treaty that is transformative in historical epic proportions then they can be proud that their Son made the ultimate sacrifice to achieve those ends! His death will not be in vain! His death will go on to symbolise this moment forever, and his parents, his family will indeed be proud of their name!

        Let’s hope that this moment is successful in bringing peace, a new hope for the NK people, the innocent victims that they can now live as free human beings with dignity and self determination to define their futures in which God intended it to be!

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    • Grandma Covfefe says:

      I think President Trump deliberately planned on meeting Kim on this date–a stark reminder to an very horrific and despicable chapter in North Korea’s history.

      You can bet President Trump and/or his team will remind the Norks without even uttering a word about it. I hope Otto’s parent’s loaned President Trump some personal clothing item of Otto’s, like a favorite tie, or have one of Trump’s team member wear Otto’s jacket that he came home in it…something that will wake up the subconscious of the Norks that this behavior will never, ever be acceptable again–never…if we are to have a relationship with them.

      Praying for them all, esp Otto’s parents. It can’t be easy for them today.

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    • This is how President Trump makes good on his promise to Otto’s family:

      “He did not die in vain … that I can tell you.”

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  11. missilemom says:

    What a great speech; I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am antsy. This has been a long day waiting.

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  12. Donna in Oregon says:

    These “allies” that have been feeding off us for decades. EU, Korea, Pakistan, etc.

    Jeez, we need some enemies to get an economic break once in a while.

    It will be such a relief not to bankroll NATO and South Korea anymore. Especially waiting to hear that all foreign aid and UN payments will end too. Oh happy day!

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  13. Tonight’s drama toward a North Korean Solution is incredible.

    I’ve never seen an event for GOOD that could match this!

    Like watching the day we put a Man on the Moon…
    “One step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

    God Bless President Trump!

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    • Bob Thoms says:

      “like watching the day we put a Man on the Moon……”
      Yes. I was trying to reflect how I feel today; you nailed it BKR!

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      • For Treepers who have been feeling trepidation:

        0. North Korea is dead in the water under sanctions which go catastrophic.
        1. Kim already announced his intent to Denuclearize.
        2. The lead-up has NOT been “whether”.
        3. The lead-up has ONLY been “how”.

        Look at Kim’s demeanor: Calm and Happy.
        Look at Pompeo’s demeanor: Confident and Assured.

        This will HAPPEN!
        The only question is how it might DELIGHT.

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  14. jack says:

    Thanks Sundance for posting the transcript of President Trump’s Speech from 2017! That is one beautiful and powerful speech.

    Very inspirational.

    Doesn’t it feel good to finally have a President we can be proud of!

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  15. tucker10 says:

    A prayer for successful meetings….
    Praise God from whom all blessings flow
    Praise Him all creatures here below
    Praise Him above the heavenly hosts
    Praise Father Son and Holy Ghost

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    • JC says:

      Amen, tucker. Just posted on open thread: anyone want to join me in prayer during the meeting? I believe I’ll just pop down into my knees for this one.

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  16. rayvandune says:

    I am so happy that Sarah Sanders will be in the working lunch, as she is a gracious but forceful spokeswoman for President Trump and America. When next she must endure the sophomoric American press corps, both she and they will know that she has been there in the real halls of power, that she has heard what was really said and not said, and that she can, and will, tell them the reality they cannot deny.

    KAM – Kick Ass, Madam.

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  17. Jim in TN says:

    Ok, Trump succeeds. Peace Treaty, no more ballistic missiles, and complete denuclearization.
    How does Kim survive?

    He still runs a murderous dictatorship that enslaves its people. Can he ease off without revolt? Opening the borders for trade and assistance can relieve some of the misery, but most of the misery is intentional.

    Can they open the border for the people? Ross Perot’s great sucking sound would be outdone as Kim’s victims fled for safer greener pastures.

    The only option acceptable to China is the preservation of NK. I don’t see that happening unless they maintain an iron grip.

    And you know that whatever the agreement is, that slavery and death camps will not be acceptable to the rest of the world. Eventually we will renege on our promises and start punishing NK for human rights violations.

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  18. Jim in TN says:

    Questions for A2 and other strategic thinkers.

    How does this play in to China’s current strategic plans?

    If they are going to confront the world over control of the seas, does this help or hurt?

    It could be a move to get us to reduce defense forces in the event of a broad war.

    It could also be a move to exclude Korea from that war. Make it a naval/air confrontation only. Keep crackpot dictators from ruining everything by throwing WMD around.

    I do not see Kim as rogue. He backed off when China told him to, and came right back when they gave that instruction. And China provided transportation and military protection for a large segment of Kim’s trip.

    What is China’s game in all of this? What do they want from this negotiation?

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  19. Paul B. says:

    That was one amazing speech. Seriously, that was Reagan-level stuff. Kudos to, presumably, Stephen Miller, for the utterly fantastic job he is doing.

    The many references to God in that speech provide vindication for the Christians who came to believe, as the 2016 race began to take shape, that God indeed had called and was guiding Trump into the presidency for His purposes. Though that seemed highly unlikely at first, there were prophecies from various persons, even going back as far as 5 years, to that effect, and the prophecies’ details read like headlines contemporaneous to the race. What at first seemed absurd became more and more believable as events shook out, and as Trump, rather than the widely predicted tact to center, kept affirming his conservative commitments.

    Many prayers went up, and they were heard. And now we are on the verge of a potentially world-changing summit. Continued prayers, mixed with thanksgiving for all that has already transpired, for its success.

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  20. jmclever says:

    I am really trying, but a smile and a handshake (from Kim) cannot erase 7 decades of horror. I am waiting in great anticipation to see how this plays out and how past and current atrocities will be addressed. POTUS Trump laid it all out in that speech, and if he is true to form, he will make sure those grievances are made right.

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    • MTK says:

      Think and believe big, this maybe a November 9, 1989 moment. A win-win for peninsula.

      Could Kim have professed in new found faith. There has been written, over hundreds of years about, “How generational tyrannies fall, and the only argument that see having any merit to stepping back is a faith in God. Our Vice President Pence is such a man, and he did seat himself below the NK regime at the opening ceremonies of the Olympic games. Did he do so, knowning that above the regime stood God.

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    • jello333 says:

      But if THIS Kim is responsible for that any of that horror, it’s not “7 decades”… it’s only about 6 years. That’s all the longer he’s been “in charge”, and there’s a real question about whether he even WAS “in charge”. (And from what I’ve read, him being “promoted” to top dog was NOT a foregone conclusion as recent as just a year before his father died.)

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      • jmclever says:

        Maybe…but Otto Warmbier is Kim’s doing. He may be only responsible for the past few years but they were in keeping with NoKo tradition. And this Kim is the one launching missiles and threatening Guam. But I understand that China is really the puppet master, so I’m taking a “wait and see” approach .

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        • jello333 says:

          Yeah, China and possibly the NK generals. I really don’t know if Kim himself has been directly in control. I’d like to know that too. As for Otto… that’s the most horrible part of all this, and I hope his family has been in contact with Trump and are handling this okay. I’m also hoping that we find out that Kim himself didn’t know exactly what they were doing to Otto (beyond the unfair imprisonment itself that is).

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    • Mickturn says:

      From what I’ve seen Kim seems to be quite different from his father/grandfather. Call me crazy but I think Kim has seen the writing on the wall and it isn’t good for him. He wants to live and to live he has to free his people. We will see if he is serious, if not he fulfills his own fears.

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  21. MTK says:

    Just remember the same MSM and politicians that are against our VSGPDJT, are the same political forces that back in 2003-2005 who were ridiculing the ‘axis of evil’ politics of W.

    W’s failure to stand the tide… is anyones guess at this point. Likely, he took it to heart and blinked.

    However, as any treeper can attest W’s failure to dish it back might had more to do with the corruption now being exposed. In other words, the political capital game became a zero sum game to which he was moveOn.org to six ways to Sunday.

    Interesting that these are the same folks that may have aligned to saddle the 2016 election into a HRC win.

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    • MTK says:

      I no of no better observation than what just stated, to underscore the true independance of PDJT.

      America truely blessed to have elected President Donald J Trump.

      Let that seep in for a moment.

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  22. mj_inOC says:

    Praise be to Almighty God for this Historic Day!

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  23. jeans2nd says:

    Have been hearing the TV dummies discussing the Trump Doctrine, in the context of “What is…” and “There is no…”

    Would that these people open their eyes instead of their mouths, and see the obvious.
    Odds are, none of them even noticed this speech, let alone actually listen.

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