President Trump and Secretary Pompeo Hold Meeting With DPRK Minister Kim Yong Chol – February Trump-Kim Meeting Announced…

A big day for geopolitical moves.

Earlier today President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and North Korean Minister Kim Yong Chol held a 90 minute meeting at the White House discussing ongoing talks and negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea.

Following the meeting the White House announced there would be a second summit between President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong-un:

“President Donald J. Trump met with Kim Yong Chol for an hour and half, to discuss denuclearization and a second summit, which will take place near the end of February. The President looks forward to meeting with Chairman Kim at a place to be announced at a later date.”  (link)

(Via Fox News) […] The face-to-face came after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Kim Yong-chol, North Korea’s lead negotiator, in the nation’s capital early Friday morning to negotiate terms that could lead to a second nuclear summit between Trump and Pyongyang leader Kim Jong-un.

Pompeo and Kim Yong-chol didn’t shake hands or respond to reporters’ questions but did smile during a photo opportunity ahead of their meeting at a hotel in Northwest Washington. (more)

Secretary Pompeo noted earlier in the week that substantive progress in discussions between the U.S. and DPRK had stalled.

The surface explanation for the slow-down in progress between the U.S and North Korea is generally attributed to a lack of follow-through on the North Korea side to deliver a full list and detailed accounting of its nuclear and missile facilities that would be used by inspectors for verification.  However, the deeper explanation goes toward the ongoing U.S.-China trade discussions and how Beijing, the driver of all activity within the DPRK, uses North Korea as a foil to gain leverage.

Two weeks ago Chinese Chairman Xi Jinping called Chairman Kim to Beijing for talks.  The influence of China over the DPRK nuclear issues is unmistakable. As an outcome the denuclearization process is inherently linked to the U.S-China trade talks.

Chairman Xi is simply controlling and using North Korea as a proxy province to achieve a better economic outcome over President Trump.  This is the cunning dance behind the dragon mask of China that is not completely visible unless you follow and watch closely.  President Trump has been strategically winning this geopolitical contest for more than a year; however, the biggest challenges continue.

President Trump is leveraging many geopolitical tools simultaneously.

Europe, particularly Germany, wants a favorable trade deal with the U.S. where they will not face tariffs on exported autos (BMW, Mercedes, VW, etc.).  The EU sees the U.S. China contest as an opportunity for a quid-pro-quo.

Yesterday the EU announced they would make tariffs on Chinese steel permanent.  This mutually aligned tariff position helps President Trump in the Chinese trade conflict by putting more pressure on the Chinese economy.

However, in exchange for that favorable position, today the EU announced their requested terms for a U.S. and Europe trade agreement:

(Bloomberg) The European Union unveiled a blueprint for a free-trade deal with the U.S. that would cut tariffs on a wide range of industrial goods including cars in a bid to heal commercial ties.

European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom asked EU governments on Friday in Brussels for the go-ahead to start negotiations on lowering trans-Atlantic commercial barriers, prodding U.S. President Donald Trump to reverse his protectionist stance.

Her draft mandate includes the politically sensitive — and economically important — question of autos even though the U.S. has signaled resistance to having them covered by market-opening talks. Washington is investigating whether foreign vehicles pose a national-security threat and should face higher American duties.

[…] The current trans-Atlantic trade truce has held as U.S. commercial tensions with China have grown. Nonetheless, the cease-fire has appeared fragile because the Trump-Juncker accord includes ambiguities that have led to contradictory statements by officials on each side and signaled the underlying risk of a sudden escalation.

Trump administration representatives have pushed to include agriculture in the scope of any agreement — a stance rejected by the EU. Meanwhile, the European side has made the case for an accord that would cover cars.

“When Juncker and Trump met, they said there is no scope to discuss agricultural goods and even at the time the talk was regarding industrial products,” commission Vice President Jyrki Katainen told reporters on Friday in Helsinki. “We’re also OK with negotiating over auto tariffs.”  (continue reading)

The starting point for the EU request outlined above is not going to win favor with President Trump.  As the global trade alliances are being reset, it is the strength and scale of the U.S. market, and unfettered access to that market, that is the pot-of-gold.  President Trump is not going to give the EU such an economic advantage; it would be against his fundamental goal of reciprocity.

If you remove China from global analysis, the U.S. economy is the only economy with significant growth.   This global economic status is not accidental, and is completely connected to the policies behind Trump’s ‘America First’ program.  It is helpful to President Trump for the EU to collaborate on trade issues against China, but he’s not going to take back economic benefit from China only to give it away to the EU.

That EU demand is not going to go anywhere with Trump, Ross and Lighthizer.

Help with China is good; however, in addition to market access (and a strong economy) President Trump holds other tools in the deal with the European Union: ♦NATO (funding and participation); ♦the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline; ♦treasury sanctions against Iran; and ♦deepened trade relations with the Baltic alliance.  Add to this the Steel and Aluminum tariffs and auto tariffs that Trump *did not* take away when he met with Junker.

The dance continues…

Have you ever seen that guy on television who spins plates on sticks?….

Dozens of simultaneous plates?

President Trump is a geopolitical equivalent.

His ability to locate leverage in the most unsuspecting locations is truly remarkable.

President Trump is one guy, but he consistently shows how he has them surrounded.

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76 Responses to President Trump and Secretary Pompeo Hold Meeting With DPRK Minister Kim Yong Chol – February Trump-Kim Meeting Announced…

  1. PocaMAGAjunta says:

    MAGA is also a global reset. And the opportunity for global leaders to participate in making the world better than its ever been for all its people.

    Everyone talks about changing the world.
    Doing what is right benefits all. Eyes are opening. God bless you PDJT.

    Liked by 30 people

    • Kenji says:

      God indeed blessed us all with the election of Trump. Thank you lord for bringing so many to their senses and electing MY President!

      Liked by 13 people

    • Way to cut to the chase, Poca.

      Liked by 4 people

    • MAJA says:

      He is! And our anti trumpers worry about other country’s economic contraction and consider it as proof that PDJT doesn’t know what he’s doing. They dont understand that it’s proof that he’s right again.

      Liked by 2 people

    • Pyrthroes says:

      “Circumstances alter cases,” but human nature –particularly regarding sovereign statecraft– remains constant. Our impression is that Trump recalls the Founders, employing brutal realism (rather than doctrinal “conservatism”) to generously benefit posterity on principle.

      As a businessman, not politician, he does this by leveraging Adam Smith’s “comparative advantage”, “marginal utility”, as incentives to peace-and-prosperity in face of kleptocratic oligarchies from China and the EU to U.S. “Main Street vs. Wall Street” interests [Sundance]– not Schumpeter’s “creative destruction” but bootstrap competition to mutual benefit from new ground up.

      No wonder DJT is not just misunderstood but viciously reviled by sodden rentiers infesting ossified collectivist/Statist (read, “socialist”) regimes. Worldwide, postwar clerisies shrink back in horror as populist fumes dissipate Enarque Economies like clouds of chlorine gas in 1917. Where “status anxiety” reigns, tea-cosy mealworms confront Trump’s Truth: That nothing they do or say means one damn thing. As Eliza Doolittle’s Cockney father put it, “Run ’em outta town!”

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      • “sodden rentiers infesting ossified collectivist/Statist regimes”

        lol gotta like that

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      • PocaMAGAjunta says:

        Pythroes,
        Thank you for demonstrating populism and intelligence are not mutually exclusive.

        Im not a proponent of altering established meaning, but “poetic justice” is what comes to mind as I read your words. As if poetic justice is not only a result, but a manner of speaking truth to power.

        I imagine you recall there was once such a form of communicating truth in an intelligent manner. It was called journalism (now referred to by some as the “J-word”). But obtaining a journalistic license, much like a poetic license, meant that the truth was assigned a lesser role in public discourse.

        But today I am encouraged by your words. To actually see the truth and poetic prose co-existing in such generous proportions lightens my heart and gives me hope that the J-word may someday return to its rightful place in the dictionary.

        Perhaps a resurgence of truth in public discourse, as a result of the populist movement, would indeed be poetic justice.

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  2. LafnH20 says:

    Have you ever seen that guy on television who spins plates on sticks?….
    LOL

    That image came to mind immediately, SD!

    I Agree, President Trump is equally (If not More) adept at juggling running Geopolitical chainsaws…

    Two-Fer BONUS!!

    They have Him…
    Right where He wants them!!!

    HA!!😆

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    • mopar2016 says:

      This president is showing the world how it’s done.
      He’s especially showing the Bush, Clinton, and obama people what a boss looks like.
      They don’t love this country the way that President Trump does.

      Liked by 12 people

      • LafnH20 says:

        Agreed, mopar2016.

        Like a BOSS!!
        They (bushes, Clinton’s & zeroes)
        were never BOSSES…

        They were TOOLS!

        Liked by 5 people

      • Kenji says:

        Like a boss who works tirelessly for his country. I swear, I have NEVER seen such a hard working POTUS. None. I continue to marvel at PDJT’s energy, and drive. Two terms, and Mueller gone fishing … for real fish … in Montana or somewhere … and MY President is going to finally FIX the “new world order”. The People’s World Order. (No, not like a Socialist talks about “people). MAGA and spreading across the planet

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      • MightyMustardSeed says:

        Indeed Mopar! Makes you wonder what the evil twins, Pelosi and Schiff, were up to on their trip to Belgium. Attempted undercutting of delicate negotiations?

        They, like BO, (‘Those jobs are not coming back’ – ‘waive a magic wand’ ) can not function at the genius level of our POTUS Donald J Trump

        Bless the work of our President’s hands Dear LORD.

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  3. GSparrow says:

    I’m glad SD was able to inject this as the possible last or near to the last story of the night.

    It wasn’t that long ago that an alleged out of control “crazy” dictator of N. Korea was close to arming his country with Long Range nuclear missiles and Hawaiians were hunkering down waiting for the missiles to land after a terrifying false alarm. What Trump’s policies have accomplished so far on this and other major initiatives is truly extraordinary but TDS is still far too dominant for him to ever receive the recognition he deserves or for the more important stories from regaining the limelight. TDS ensures very short term memories as the next hit job is released.

    One of these days more sane times might return and fake news “political based bombshells” will be far less important than actually preventing nuclear bombs from detonating.

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  4. SteveC says:

    I’m not sure why so few in government seem to be able to ‘handle’ more than one thing at a time – especially when doing multiple things can be so powerful. Thankfully PDJT has mastered this ability, and he’s battling the idiots who usually fail doing the one thing that they are trying to do.

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    • LafnH20 says:

      Maybe 🤔
      because they are only given 1 thing
      at a time to do… SteveC!

      Do this!!!
      💲💲💲
      Wait for further instructions…
      Maybe 🤔
      Take a mini-Vaca to Brussels or Syria or something. K

      We’ll let you know when it’s time to trot back out on stage and what to say.

      Do this!!!!!
      💲💲💲
      Wait for further instructions…
      Maybe🤔
      Go spend an UnGodly amount of other people’s money just F’N around. K

      Don’t call us.☠
      Don’t mention us.☠☢☠
      Don’t cross us.☠☢☠☢☠

      We’ll let you know when it’s time to trot back out on stage and what to say.

      DO THIS!!!
      💲💲💲

      Simplistic, I know…

      But these are not the sharpest tools in the shed we’re talking about.
      Heck.. They aren’t even in the shed.
      Just laying around out back.
      Useful… but easily replaced if something should “Happen”.

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    • GB Bari says:

      President Trump mastered running a private for-profit business empire long before he ran for political office. What he accomplished requires endless energy and long hours, not to mention cunning, negotiating skills, and dogged determination. He worked to deadlines, budgets, and customer satisfaction. He could not BS his way into making a customer happy and a resulting profit, it had to happen literally and factually.

      Very few of these yo-yos in government have a clue how to run a large for-profit business, or how to solve a problem in a timely and clost effective manner. They only know how to stretch a 2 month task into 2 years or longer, or to prolong it forever in order to use it for campaign fodder.

      Too many of those government yo-yos are lawyers who are trained to speak in legalese whenever and wherever they can to obfuscate the truth to an unaware public, and to charge by the hour and take however long it takes to dot every i and cross every t. Budget? They simply learn to spend every dime they’re given and then ask for more.

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      • Psycho Monkee says:

        GB, “yo-yos in government” bawaawaawaa!!

        Like

      • Doug says:

        ^^^^^THIS +1^^^^

        Liked by 1 person

      • Carrie2 says:

        GB Bari, having worked in law for decades, most attorneys haven’t a clue about economics and most in this Congress and others before are attorneys and hence useless in the House. They like spending, ditto the Congress, they don’t want to take blame, ditto the Congress. Best is to close/drain this Congress now with no benefits, etc., lock all the doors, and give the keys to Trump for safekeeping. Then we can format another type of Congress and it will not be in DC nor any gathering anywhere. Time we took back the reins as we the people are the real government and these lousy employees have to be fired and removed. They don’t think we can do that? Wrong! We can and we will so they better pack up and leave nicely or else. If they live/own property in DC, that will be their home but no access to our new Congress which won’t be in DC. There are a few good people in this Congress, but otherwise the 2 parties in 1 must go!

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    • dreamguardian007 says:

      “I’m not sure why so few in government seem to be able to ‘handle’ more than one thing at a time-“… It’s because the only useful skill in advancing in government is political connivery; they know nothing else.

      Liked by 4 people

  5. MAGADJT says:

    Funny. I just realized how we’ve been almost an entire year without NKR creating multiple ‘crisis’ with missile launches, threats, or saber rattling. These things used to be a commonplace occurrence. SMH that POTUS doesn’t get more credit from people; not even sure the regular folks even realize the good he has done.

    Liked by 12 people

    • G. Alistar says:

      Wonder IF either Hillary or Obama have noticed? I dare say that none of the far left, liberal dems in Congress have noticed….nor their millions of lemmings followers!

      Liked by 2 people

      • cali says:

        @G. Alistar: ^^^^^^^This!

        Bill and Hillary Clinton, Hussein, M. Obama have NOT tweeted since 21 December 2018. I suppose they no longer have any access to their twitter account. Their twitter accounts are actually now used and controlled by the white hats. 🙂

        Lastly – I know the mockingbird media would never inform the American citizens Nancy Pelosi travelled to NK selling missiles as she accidently spoke about her NK trip on C-SPAN. Her words are archived there.

        By what authority are traitors like Nancy Pelosi and the rest of them are undertaking junkets to NK selling missiles, nuclear mini-missiles not to mention the Google server placed in NK and set up by Eric Schmidt. This is the server the Hussein, HRC, Kerry, Lynch, Brennan, Comey and many more that housed their ‘private and unfiltered emails’ as a means to keep out of the NSA purview.

        The good news is that the young Kim turned over everything to president Trump and our Marines.

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        • tampafan says:

          Your interesting points about Pelosi aside, I am sorry to have to correct you about the Twitter accounts of the Hillary, etc. Irritating as they may be, Hillary (or her Twitter staff!) has been Tweeting non-stop during the shutdown – and there isn’t a break in her timeline as far as I can see. Bill Clinton, too. Michele Obama Tweeted yesterday about her birthday…Obama has the occasional Tweet – two yesterday.

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        • Carrie2 says:

          cali, and why so many are desperate and pushing hard against Trump and we real citizens. Desperate because so much is on its way to bring them down, and then we march them off to the gallows as has always been done with traitors and no court or judge needed. Dig that hole BIG because many will wind up there, cover with soil and with a huge sign stating: DANGER – TOXIC SOIL.

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  6. It is an A-B-C no-brainer to to conclude that in all thought about dealing with NK, one must keep in mind that there is always a Chinese dog leash around the neck of NK. Has been that way for a long time and is still true today.

    Now, China’s dog leash may be getting shorter because some links are being cut out, but we won’t know until something concrete can be seen and actually known to be fact as this drama unfolds on the world’s stage.

    With Trump involved,, we have a very outstanding player on said stage of this great theatrical play in Part 1

    Peace and blessing to all here in the T’House

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    • G. Alistar says:

      Yep, the leash went on n.Korea starting 22 April 1951 and was locked in in June 1951 when the People’s Army completed the Chinese Fifth Phase Offensive. Had Communist China not come to Kim’s grandfather’s (Kim Il Sung) aid, all of Korea would have enjoyed the freedom, prosperity and economic blessings we have seen in South Korea for the past two generations. Let’s pray this leash activity by China holds, that sane minds prevail and that POTUS gets all sides to a win win solution. Note, something no US President has been able to achieve since Truman and an issue that the Obama Administration kicked the can down the road….to the point of a nuclear threat both to the US Homeland and especially to our friends and allies in the Pacific region. An issue NEVER discussed by the fake news media.

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      • angellestaria6674 says:

        You sum it up very well.

        And the thing to remember about “aid” from China is…translate “China is aiding country x,y and z” to “China is buying the soul and control of country x,y and z.”

        We see the seed of this kind of thing germinating again today. Belt and Road is nothing but a buyout for Chinese global domination. China offers money and help, but not all that glitters is gold. It’s Chinese fools gold.

        I would be so glad to see the US get out of its debt to China. But I am afraid even Trump doesn’t have enough allies in Congress, even from most Reps that are mostly uniparty, to get serious fiscal responsibility done. So I’m hoping through an economic squeeze strategy, we may make inroads through another path.

        Have a great weekend.

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  7. NoFixedAddress says:

    If the crazy marxist/dem/msm take over the USA they may find that there are MANY countries in the world that will protect America.

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  8. Purely COINCIDENTAL that President Trump announced our new Missile Defense Strategy
    … YESTERDAY to “Get Kim Yong Chol’s MIND RIGHT”: Substitute “North Korea” for “Iran”.😎

    MISSILE DEFENSE LEADERSHIP: ALLY and PAY or PERISH.

    • We are committed to establishing a missile defense program that can shield every city in the United States.
    [SPACE MISSILE DEFENSE to BLANKET the WORLD]

    • This past Tuesday, the Iranian regime tested a “space launch vehicle” — which [could lead to a] ballistic missile capability … of reaching the United States. We’re not going to have that happen. Iran is a much different country today than it was two years ago. It’s not the same and it won’t be the same.
    [IRAN will be CRUSHED]

    • The U.S. will now adjust its posture to also defend against any missile strikes, including cruise and hypersonic missiles. We will always be at the forefront of everything.
    [USA will NEVER LAG AGAIN]

    • My upcoming budget will invest in a space-based missile defense layer. It’s ultimately going to be a very, very big part of our defense and, obviously, of our offense.
    [BEST DEFENSE will be OFFENSE!]

    • … we will terminate any missile launches from hostile powers, or even from powers that make a mistake. It won’t happen.
    [MISSILE TAUNTING is OVER … TERMINALLY]

    • We have some very bad players out there, and we’re a good player but we can be far worse than anybody, if need be.
    [USA will EITHER be BEST FRIEND or WORST ENEMY … Pick NOW.]

    • I’ve always known — and I’ve watched and I’ve seen — the stronger you are, the less you will need, whatever that strength may be.
    [USA to DOMINATE DEFENSE GLOBALLY]

    • … we will remove bureaucratic obstacles to dramatically speed up the acquisition and deployment of the new technology.
    [USA will LEAD on SPEED-of-DEPLOYMENT for NEW CAPABILITIES]

    • … our plan directs the Department of Defense to prioritize the sale of American missile defense and technology to our allies and to our partners.
    [ALLIES to BUY AMERICAN MISSILES & FUND TECHNOLOGY R&D]

    • For too long, we have been held back by self-imposed limits while foreign competitors grow and they advance more than we have over the years.
    [LIMITATION TREATIES are OBSOLETE – CHINA-RUSSIA not VERIFIABLE]

    • Part of the reason is we spend so much money on so many other places. Now that’s changing.
    [ZERO FOREIGN AID without a RETURN for AMERICA]

    • We’re helping [not owning defending]
    [ALLIES – NOT AMERICA – will OWN DEFENSE of their NEIGHBORHOODS]

    • … we’re able to spend money on technology and new defense, and far beyond defense systems. So those days are history.
    [ALLIES will FUND their DEFENSE and COMMIT to RECIPROCAL BILATERAL TRADE DEALS]

    • Our strategy is grounded in one overriding objective: to detect and destroy every type of missile attack against any American target, whether before or after launch.
    [AMERICA will PREEMPTIVELY TAKE out MISSILE THREATS]

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    • LafnH20 says:

      Before Launch is VERY Realistic, BKR.

      Every electronic device has a signature…
      A Fingerprint… if you will.

      That fingerprint coupled with “Other” perceptible “DATA” make pre-Launch “detection”… Possible and, imho, preferable.

      That said…

      No missile has been created which can out run a laser….
      That I know of.

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    • MaineCoon says:

      TY BKR. Excellent, as always.

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  9. Igor says:

    “If you remove China from global analysis, the U.S. economy is the only economy with significant growth.”

    A Great Shift Unseen Over The Last Forty Years:
    https://chinachange.org/tag/xiang-songzuo/

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    • dreamguardian007 says:

      Terrific read, thanks for posting, Igor!

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    • GB Bari says:

      HOLY COW! THAT is NOT a restrained assessment of China’s economic troubles.. and from an insider no less!

      It is a bit long but extremely revealing!

      Thank you for posting the link!

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    • Fascinating detail in this article. Resorting to easy money, lower exchange rates and hyping loans will not end well for the Chinese economy.
      thx for sharing

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    • Sharon says:

      No wonder his speech had limited exposure in China – the man is speaking about real solutions to root problems.

      This bit almost made me laugh – :”To this day, we keep suffering from a cognitive dissonance between our understanding of the Sino-U.S. trade war and the international reality. This calls for deep reflection.” Ya think?

      Sort of sounds like the problem with “leadership” in the United States – “cognitive dissonance between….understanding … and… reality.” Exactly.

      The severe problem comes when people embedded in such dissonances occupy places of authority. and I don’t think there’s much difference in the damage caused by policy vs. the damage caused by regulation. That dissonance combined with their position of power is what’s killing us.

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  10. GB Bari says:

    What PDJT is doing with China and the DPRK is laudable and groundbreaking. He could have been doing the same with Russia if the Deep State wasn’t so hard-set against that country. That’s probably because Russia doesn’t play along with the interntional Globalist banking cabal (the illuminati etc.), with which the Deep State is very much aligned, using the USA as a major funding source.

    But not everyone on the Left is against USA-Russia cooperation, which is what PDJT has tried to accomplish before he was obstructed by the Muh Russia hoax. At least one has suggested that the DS’ interference with PDJT’s efforts could create serious conflict with Russia.

    This is very revealing:

    https://www.breitbart.com/radio/2019/01/18/left-wing-nation-author-talks-breitbart-russia-hysteria-could-lead-war/

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    • G. Alistar says:

      Except that fact that other than lots of nuclear bombs Russia’s economy sucks….1/20th the size of US….1/10th the size of China (before tariffs) may need adjustment now. Russia, Not even in the top ten global economies. Without oil, they really suck….like most OPEC countries. Agree however in principle the left has been a bunch of jerks regarding Russia. All for partisan political purposes. Could have been a win/win for all. p.s., Russian is the only nation which could utterly destroy the US in a total nuclear exchange. Unthinkable.

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      • GB Bari says:

        Putti8ng their economy aside, I think the authoir was keen on recognizing that Russia could be a key ally against Muslim-backed global terrorism. There have already been several posts here in CTH that recognize the fact that PDJT could leverage Russia’s willingness to confront terrorism and Russia’s assistance / cooperation could reduce USA’s cost and lives in that effort. The person quoted in the Breitbart article is saying much the same thing, along with criticizing the continued escalation of anti-Russia rhetioric and actions.

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    • dreamguardian007 says:

      Another great article, thanks GB!

      Liked by 1 person

  11. jmarshs says:

    From the Bloomberg article:
    “European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom asked EU governments on Friday in Brussels for the go-ahead to start negotiations on lowering trans-Atlantic commercial barriers, prodding U.S. President Donald Trump to reverse his protectionist stance.”

    “Protectionist stance”

    Lol

    The EU’s tariff on US cars is 5x that of the US’s.

    Bloomberg is such a rotten person, and his newspaper is no better.

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  12. Therapeutic Masculinity says:

    Bloomberg is a kosher delicatessen devotee along with Feinstein, Weinstein, Rosenstein, Bernstein, Weiner, Blumenthal, Schiff, Wyden, Nadler, Blitzer, Zucker, Zuckerberg, Ethel & Julius Rosenberg, Sanders, Wasserman-Schultz…and so many more, too many more, who hate America and Americans. MAGA/KAG !

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  13. Check out the following–remember President Trump’s video at the Singapore summit:

    “N Korea may be opening a beach resort in 2019”
    https://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/2019/01/18/north-korea-travel-kim-jong-uns-wonsan-beach-resort-may-open-2019/2612584002/

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  14. starfcker says:

    “Earlier today President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and North Korean Minister Kim Yong Chol held a 90 minute meeting at the White House.” That’s quite significant all by itself. Kim Yong Chol now gets to go home and tell his boss,” Yeah, there I was in the White House with President Trump, and he was nice to me.” And Kim Jong Un he’s thinking, “Man, that big spread of McDonald’s sure looked good the other day.”

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  15. Phil Free says:

    President Trump [cough] I mean, Henrik Bothe performs his plate spinning routine at The Big Shew in Atlantic City, hosted by Ed Sullivan (impersonated by Jeff DeHart)

    “..Do not try this at home ….. go to a friend’s house..”

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    • LafnH20 says:

      That was GREAT!!!

      Excellent Illustration of SD’ s..
      Have you ever seen that guy on television who spins plates on sticks?….

      TY, Phil Free.
      Most EXCELLENT!!

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    • Psycho Monkee says:

      Thx Phil. Watching that comic route transported me back to the ‘60’s, gathered around the black n’ white T.V.

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  16. William Schneider says:

    I can add that I deeply appreciate the excellent assessment of PDJT’s world strategy by our fearless moderator/commentator Sundance. Your observations ring true and are wonderful breath of fresh-clean air amidst the stench of MSM reporting on nearly every issue of import in the US and world. God bless your beautiful mind Sundance-and the beautiful wild mind of PDJT who you report on.

    And yes I love this entire blog group!! What a discovery this has been for me as of very recently. My faith in humanity is being revived big time.

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  17. cripto says:

    I know a people who are expert as ‘plate spinners’:

    So onto more serious matters.

    Maybe people don’t know who Kim Yong Chol is: “Why is Kim Yong Chol Still Pyongyang’s Choice for US-DPRK Relations?”
    https://www.38north.org/2019/01/svogler011819/

    I think the best article explaining what may or may not happen is here:
    http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20190119000002

    As for China-DPRK relations it is complicated and goes back as far as the post-war civil war in China and continued under Grandpa, father and the playbook they handed down to the anointed one Kim Fatty 3.

    Interesting to note is that Kim3 made a stop in Dandong before arriving in Beijing for his Birthday bash. It wasn’t reported in the Chinese press. He met with Chinese officials there and the Korean Chinese autonomous region on the border. I suspect he was sussing out whether or not the Chinese were serious on offering him economic development dosh. He is adept at playing the three-legged stool strategy. He is not a pawn of Beijing. People who think so are missing the point.

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    • cripto says:

      I will repost here: (Also note that NK was singled out as a major threat in the Report that no one read here).

      cripto says:
      January 17, 2019 at 10:26 pm
      Interesting note. The release of the review has been delayed for some time, though completed according to the Acting Sec of Defense and many speculate because of the so-called ‘warming’ relations with DPRK. What is ironic is the release comes when chief thug to his Porcine Majesty, Kim Yong Chol, is in Washington meeting with Sec Pompeo today.I don’t know whether the timing may be classified under ‘Master Trolling” meme. 😀

      You may access it here. The review is not classified.
      https://media.defense.gov/2019/Jan/17/2002080666/-1/-1/1/2019-MISSILE-DEFENSE-REVIEW.PDF

      Acting Sec of Defense, Shanahan met on 16 Jan with the Japanese Defense minister, Takeshi Iwaya cementing ties and discussing the upgrading of Japan’s defense posture.

      New comment.

      Kim3 and cohorts think they may bamboozle the President. For months they have indicated that they only want to deal with POTUS, not Pompeo or Special Envoy Beigun. Hence no smiles ay their meeting that didn’t last an hour. Their resistance to meet with negotiators, has now been lifted and the US team is meeting in Sweden with their NK counterparts.

      We shall see, as the President often says.

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  18. YvonneMarie says:

    Excellent analysis.

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  19. Tridlessly working President you are Doing a Great Job,
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    The Best President Ever,
    Support you 100%,

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  20. Mike in a Truck says:

    The 19 year old First Sergeant, who only two days before was a Private led as second in command of the patrol made up of fresh recruits. The grid square they moved through was pre registered by the Red Chinese. The ambush was sprung and the patrol was bracketed by mortar fire. The rounds walking in from two directions cutting them to pieces. Every member of the 14 man patrol became a casualty. This ambush was the start of a larger counter attack by the Reds and their Nork puppets.The young Topkick took a fragment in the thigh which sliced completely through but missed the large artery. Severally wounded and with the medic dead he could only administer first aid to himself and try to dig himself into the frozen dirt with his bare hands. That night the Red Chinese came down from the hills and bayoneted and looted the hated Americans. The young soldier pulled what was left of the torso of his platoon leader over himself and hid.It wasn’t till morning that a reaction team was able to get to the patrol. The young first shirt was the only survivor. He is my Dad and just turned 89.Its time to end the Korean war.

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  21. Deplorable Canuck says:

    President Trump’s to do list for the last week.
    1. Wreck the Dems and make them look like idiots. Check
    2. Wreck the entire left-wing media and make them look like idiots. Check.
    3. Secure 1 Trillion trade imbalance deal with China in US favour. Check
    4. Secure Korean Peninsula in second state meeting with North Korean leader. Check
    5. Address the nation on the solution to the southern border crisis that will put all the onus on the Dems to provide a wall. Check

    Did I miss anything? Quite a week, and he still has 312 plus weeks to go, as of tomorrow, in his presidency. Try to keep up Dems. Ya’ all are toast!

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  22. MaineCoon says:

    “European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom asked EU governments on Friday in Brussels for the go-ahead to start negotiations on lowering trans-Atlantic commercial barriers, prodding U.S. President Donald Trump to reverse his protectionist stance.”

    Brussels? Wonder if Nancy was going to Brussels to interfere with such things? Yes.

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