Conspicuous Messaging – Kim Jong Un Receives Letter of “excellent content” From President Trump…

North Korea state-run news agency is reporting on a letter from U.S. President Trump to North Korean Chairman Kim Jong-Un.    In an interesting aspect to the media report, KCNA releases a picture of Chairman Kim reading the letter.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reads a letter from U.S. President Donald Trump, in Pyongyang, North Korea in this picture released by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on June 22, 2019.

On the hostage dynamic…. last week the hostage taker (Chairman Xi), finally positioned the public optics of Chairman Kim as the hostage; and indicated a likelihood Beijing would negotiate terms for release (better trade deal) with President Trump.  Therefore the rescuer (Trump) now communicates with the hostage (Kim) against an entirely different geopolitical background.

Additionally, both President Trump and Chairman Kim know the picture will be analyzed by high-tech software (Beijing, China and Russia) and the content is easily discoverable.   The message itself, as well as the answer to the message (from Kim), is likely in the picture.  [Note: the White Shirt, business office, is part of the reply].

(Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un received a personal letter from U.S. President Donald Trump and will put serious thought into its content, North Korea’s state-run news agency KCNA said.

In a report published early on Sunday in Asia, KCNA did not give details on the letter, but said Kim described it as “of excellent content.”

“Kim Jong Un said that he would seriously contemplate the interesting content,” the report said.

White House officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

[…] Trump is due to visit South Korea next week for meetings with South Korean President Moon Jae-in after taking part in the G20 meetings in Japan.  (read more)

President Trump no longer has to worry about missiles from the military within North Korea that is controlled by Beijing.   Kim no longer needs to worry about missiles being fired from his regime. Chairman Xi has taken ownership of all hostile military action from inside the DPRK.

Remember, generally speaking President trump held two connected objectives: (1) removing the threat posed by North Korea by severing the ability of Beijing to use the proxy province as a weapon (Kim hostage); and (2) deconstructing the growing economic influence of China.

President Trump now moves to phase two of the plan.

Chairman Xi Jinping (China) and President Moon Jae-in are scheduled for a G20 meeting.  This is the magnanimous panda meeting that was set up first by Beijing.  Xi will play the role of magnanimous panda in denuclearizing the DPRK and using Moon Jae-in as the panda optic of peace with Chairman Kim Jong-un.

Chairman Xi will  then meet with President Trump for ‘expanded’ talks at the G20.  This meeting was set up after the magnanimous panda play was scheduled.  Here, Chairman Xi will offer President Trump peace and a denuclearized DPRK (essentially Beijing taking their missile technology back) in exchange for trade concessions.

President Trump is scheduled to travel to South Korea for a meeting with Moon Jae-in after the G20 (that’s new today).

From Xi’s position, Moon Jae-in will fill in the details of the denuclearized DPRK to President Trump.  However, what Chairman Xi is about to discover is that Trump doesn’t care about cunning magnanimous panda, and there will be no concessions (except possibly a return to the original commitment by Vice-Chairman Liu He).

The Trump letter to Kim is likely saying congratulations on the threat removal; and now we both know you are less captive… with some new possibilities outlined therein.

“Rucky day, rucky day”…

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190 Responses to Conspicuous Messaging – Kim Jong Un Receives Letter of “excellent content” From President Trump…

  1. Gman1976 says:

    May God free North Korea from the dragon.

    Liked by 50 people

    • grlangworth says:

      May PDJT free North Korea from the Chinese.

      Liked by 10 people

    • MojaveGreen17 says:

      When the time right, the world is going to learn that both Iran and N.Korea were hijacked by the globalists decades ago. Under the control of the C_A, the two nations were/are being used to develop nuclear weapons, carry out terror attacks, and maintain a constant threat to the stability of their respective regions.
      The truth is, Chairman Kim loves his country and his people. When Kim accepted Trump’s offer to liberate N Korea after decades of globalist control and oppression, the stakes could not have been higher. It took an enormous amount of trust that President Trump can, and will, keep his word to see it all through to the end. Until the Deep State’s ability to punish the hermit nation with devastating attacks is neutralized, Chairman Kim’s nuclear arsenal should understandably remain as a deterrent.
      I have no doubt POTUS has extended the same olive branch to Iran as well. Especially after recently saying he would love to see the people of Iran Make Iran Great Again.

      Liked by 19 people

      • CharterOakie says:

        These are truly amazing times. We have a truly GREAT president.

        Liked by 14 people

        • Mrs. E says:

          Just to see that Trump went out and became a billionaire, and built buildings, ran his business, all the while saving his best for his last and more important job! That grabs the mind!

          Liked by 13 people

      • YY4U says:

        Here’s my take.
        The long term Globalist plan of one world (new world order) government wouldn’t work with the USA being the only superpower.


        China to have hegemony over Asia (Eastasia?)

        Iran to have hegemony over the Middle East (the reason Bush II went into Iraq — Saddam was in the way)

        Russia to have hegemony over West Asia and East Europe

        UN-Globalists stationed in Brussels to control Western Europe (as they are now)

        The USA would be defanged, bankrupted by the tremendous influx of third world immigrants (as has happened and is happening). We’d still have our military might but the combination of Globalists in our important position and a huge welfare dependent underclass would keep us from making trouble.

        Africa and South America are no issue. Globalists aren’t concerned with them because the people can’t stop killing each other long enough to form any kind of functioning societies.


        One World Government with no country strong enough to take on the small, governing, Globalist elite

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    • Caius Lowell says:

      May God free His Earth from socialism…

      Liked by 2 people

  2. The Deplorable Tina says:

    Does anyone else think POTUS is trying this same thing with Iran? It seems like he is going softer & starting to talk up the economic possibilities if only they would do the right thing. The strategy seems similar. Hopefully the media department is working up a new video he can play for them when the mullahs give him a chance to work his magic. That, plus the DPRK & the Jared making a play for the Palestinians… If he gets re-elected, the whole world could MAGA! Fingers crossed 🙂

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    • dufrst says:

      The Iranians are too dumb to get it at this point. I think they are started to get it a little when Trump refrained from retaliating but I feel they will need more time to comprehend what Trump intends.

      In the meanwhile, if Trump pulls things off with North Korea, that should clue Iran to come to the table and work a deal with Trump. Trump is no ideologue. He’s transactional. The mullah unfortunately are still ideological but squeezing anyone like Trump is squeezing them economically will make them eventually transactional too. Ask President Xi about that!

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      • Dutchman says:

        The mullahs are NOT as ideological as they appear; they are actually no different than CCP.

        All the WEALTH, all the major industries in Iran are run by the muellahs; much like with CCP.

        The ideology is for the ‘useful idiot’ masses, and the lower level ‘true believers’ who do much of the actual work.

        At the top level,…not so much. They KNOW its all a Con, and they live in incredible wealth and luxury;
        NOT pious, at all.

        Easiest to think of CCP and Mullahs as two different mafia families; they are aligned by a ‘common enemy’ (U.S.) but if they were ever able to ‘beat’ U.S., they would fight it out. IMHO

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        • Rhoda R says:

          Careful Dutchman – the standards of piety are different in the muslim world which does NOT require their religious leaders to be celibate or poor. The whole point of sharia law is to keep the mullahs, ayatollahs and whatever else -llahs in power. power is how they demonstrate piety..

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          • Dutchman says:

            Yeah, pull my other leg, so I don’t walk in circles, o.k.
            Throw gays off roofs, but have their little butt-boys, dressed up as dancing girls, cause their religion forbids them from watching actual dancing women. Give me a BREAK!

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            • 3rdday61 says:

              Yeah Dutchman, that they do. And so much more!!!
              I guess it may be worth a shot to throw a ‘make Iran great again’ bone out there for the dogs to chew on, but the fact do remain; Allah directs Muslims to kill non believers.(that includes us). Maybe he was just pulling our legs. Either way, I trust President Trump to always put America first.
              And while I got you on the line, just where in the hell is all this commie sympathy coming from? Has anyone even heard of David Barton or William Federer ? What the hell is this, Russia?
              Back in Jefferson’s day we even had diplomats/envoys commissioned to ‘Christianize’ foreign countries. Gasp!!! Oh, the horrors. How could we have been so cruel ?
              Are people ok with the continuing communist onslaught from within our own country ? Or does referring to them as leftists or liberals or statist’s somehow make them less damaging and dangerous to our very own existence as a Republic ?

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              • Dutchman says:

                And notice how this sympathy for conmunism coincides with hostility to chritianity?
                Also isn’t it funny how THEY who cavort openly with Conmunism framed PDJT for ‘colluding’ with Russia?
                Hypocrisy isn’t a problem for Democrats, its a feature. Globalism is just marxist Conmunism, and China, not Russia is the State sponsor.
                Russia actually opposes Marxist, global Conmunism. Putin ia a NATIONALIST, and Christian.

                Marxist view him as a ‘sell out’, and no better than the Czars. Anyway, we slept for YEARS while the Conmunists infiltrated all segments of Society, and now they are making their move.

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                • 3rdday61 says:

                  Right on cue, I might add. Trumps way of forcing them to show their true colors. It’s a beautiful thing, but it’s got to end very soon. People have had enough.
                  McCarthy would have a field day if he didn’t have a massive coronary first from the sheer scope of the infiltration.

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                • Esther says:

                  Nobody mentions that Putin successfully got the Rothchild central bankers out of Russia. He does not permit GMO’s to be grown in Russia, and for all intense and purposes monsantos is shut out. He rewards big families with public recognition and medals. He has expanded and rebuilt over 3,000 churches in Russia. He keeps a limit on muslims by not permitting them to build any new mosque. Smart people have got to respect this man. S

                  Some troll recently called Xi and Trump equally great leaders. I reminded them Xi is a dictator and kills prisoners for their body parts. Trump achieves exceptional goals with his own disloyal treacherous party betraying his every move, and the Dems trying for almost three years to unlawfully impeach him. Let me just say, Xi is not even in the arena with Putin when it comes to leadership, that’s how far from Xi really is from Trump. Any power hungry madman can be a dictator in a communist country where people cannot fight back.

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                • it is good to remain it was Trotsky( BRONSTEIN)who wanted bloody global commies revolution of course with help of NYC banksters.Chinnese commies doing same thing of course more” sophisticated ” way with PANDA SMILE…luckily our VSG/ESG PDJT know that….he going tariff to death chinnese commies and theirs sidekicks of CofC/UNI PARTY of DIS*RICT OF CRIMI*ALS….

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              • ms doodlebug says:

                Did Nikita Khrushchev not predict that we would be fed socialism in small doses until we wake up and find we already have communism? Fed to us by whom? By decades of firmly embedded sleeper cells in all branches of our government? Behind the scenes career bureaucrats, and those publicly and repeatedly elected to powerful positions of influence?

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                • 3rdday61 says:

                  All good questions, ms doodlebug.
                  Sadly, the career bureaucrat/paper pusher class of Americans became the original dependent class, growing more and more brazen, protected and selfish, believing that rather than accepting their position of service to The People, they collectively united to wield a bureaucratic power structure financed off of the fruits of The People’s labor.
                  Like Reagan said, Government is not the solution, Government is the problem.
                  God, through We The People, is the solution. I said this in 2009, in no uncertain terms; the farther We get away from Him, the bigger the Government gets.

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                • ms doodlebug says:

                  “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

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                • Esther says:

                  Looking carefully at it, we were FED COMMUNISM BY OUR MEDIA which was infiltrated, and then by our colleges/universities. The puppet masters behind that are the BANKERS and extremely wealthy. You see, people have got to understand the real dynamic of communism. It has NOTHING to do with helping people. It is all about the WEALTHY CONTROLLING EVERYTHING IN A COUNTRY.

                  What the dumb idiots who follow socialism/communism miss is the glaring fact that iwhile they are sucked in with the idea of an entitlement to get everything for free, they are being herded into a system that is distinctly two-teired, those that govern ( the wealth elite and their henchmen bootlicking enforcers0 and all the rest of people who have no control over their life, their thoughts, their bodies, their reproductive systems, their children, EVERY SINGLE ASPECT OF LIFE. Communism is a governmental system that FEEDS ON THE LIFE BLOOD AND VERY EXISTENCE OF THE MASS OF HUMANITY in a country, in order for the rulers to live kingly lives. It is the capitalism turn upside-down to an extreme. and IT ALWAYS PROTECT ITSELF.

                  Let’s put it another way, Communist Regime leaders are farmers, and their subjects their cattle. Their subjects become the source of economic sustenance to the Regime, and as demonstrated in China, slaughtering healthy people for body parts, just like you slaughter animals for food is how little interest a communist regime has in its citizens’ humanity.

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            • Somewhere in Dixie says:

              The Iranians are Persians not Arabs.

              Liked by 4 people

        • Lester Smith says:

          Interesting money is the root of all evil. So Trump uses trade and money to stop the evil. Smart man, take their doe. Money is leverage in the business world and Trump is running the country like a business. It works, politicians talk alot and agree on something that does nothing. Trump America’s Pesident business man says I’m squeezing our country if you want to survive than let’s make a deal.

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          • GrandpaM says:

            Lester, I am not trying to be picky, but when you use the exact quote, everything falls in place. ‘For the love of money is the root of all evil.” 1 Timothy 6:10

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          • Dutchman says:

            And to clarify an earlier post, its NOT about ‘regime change’, exactly. PDJT’s approach is “Sure, you can have whatever kind of government your people will tolerate. I’m just saying if your going to ‘Trade’with America, its goung to be FAIR trade.
            Its not MY fault that your governmental system can NOT function if you are forced to trade fair. Its just BUSINESS, and “Common Sense”.
            Much different than the,wholly discredited neocon notion of trying to use military force to impose regime change and ‘democracy’ on other people, unprepared and incapable of accepting it.

            Or, of the earlier, post WW2 view of supporting brutal dictatorship, out of ‘pragmatism’ (they are the ‘best’way to prevent Conmunist expansion, ugly American foriegn policy).

            Export American values using economics, because in a free (fair ) market, it is the only way to compete, and countries that won’t will suffer, while those that do will prosper.

            If BREXIT goes thru, the compare and contrast between GB and the,EU will have countries running for the exit.

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      • Ray Runge says:

        ChiComs are far superior to any Iranian strategy / tactics on the international. ChiComs use intricately structured in country manufacturing deals to foreign companies while stealing the companies’ IP and technology.

        Iran employs a blatant military suppression of foreign countries while funding proxy militias to destabilize existing governments. IMO, Iran is similar to a thug in the dark.

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        • sdwiley says:

          Look, both Iran and China have very long term views. They understand that in 1.5 or 5.5 years the strength of VSGPDJT will be gone. Unless they are squeezed to the point of esficxiation (sp?) they will just wait it out. Sure, their people will suffer – but they always have – so who cares. The time is now… the opportunity is now… we must be resolute and support our Patton-esque leader.

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          • Dutchman says:

            Yes, and their long view blinded them to the immediate. Like looking thru a rifle scope at a target a mile away, and being unaware of the enemy 20′ away from you.

            45 manuevered all this so fast, coming from a direction (time wise) they didn’t see, that by the time they realised what he was doing, it was already DONE.

            They (China) have always thought their large population and long term thinking were strengths. Neither helps them, at all.
            I think they are both exsanguinating (bleeding out) and PDJT is giving them CPR, which if you don’t close of the bleeding, just pumps the blood out faster.

            I think they are both pretty close to the point of no return.

            I’m not confident they can last 1.5 years, very confident they can’t last 5 (either Iran or China).

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            • Greg says:

              “I’m not confident they can last 1.5 years, very confident they can’t last 5 (either Iran or China).”
              Even if the Xi acquiesced to all of PDJTs economic demands China will continue to exsanguinate the way I see it. China can’t afford a pay cut.

              So what does Xi do with all those bullets and military stuff?? Didn’t Germany under Hitler run up a lot of debt before Hitler decided to cancel Germany’s debt by taking over the World?

              The Euphrates river level may yield some clues to what China may do in the future according to the book I’ve been reading.

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              • Dutchman says:

                Viet Nam (for U.S.) and afcrapistan (for USSR) SHOULD have made it clear, bullets and bomb warfare is ultimately about economics.
                Got to have the $ to pay for the bullets.All war is ultimately economic. Your economy needs to be vibrant, in order to be able to afford such foriegn adventures.
                Capitalism is inherently more efficient and LESS corrupt than Conmunism, so you have a strong military to deter aggression, SO YOU WON’T HAVE TO USE IT, but you fight your battles using your economic strength.

                China won’t go to war (shooting type) because it in no way solves their inherent problem.

                This war is already won. It was won at the outset. It just took someone uncorrupt, with the vision to see the truths others were too corrupt or foolish to see, and the balls to DO it.

                CCP is the ‘dead man walking’, nothing he can do, so long as PDJT remains POTUS, to change the coarse of this economic war China has been engaging in for 30 years.
                Talk about snatching Victory out of the jaws of defeat, PDJT is the MAN of the 11th hour.

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            • Dutchman, your on fire tonight (morning for me)! Most Excellent posts! Thank you!!!

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        • Dutchman says:

          Well, yes CCP is the bigger ‘mafia family’, Iran the smaller.
          They are both thugs, both use false ideology, both want to rule the World, eventually.


        • Yep, China stealing us blind. If our CIA were worth its salt, would plant the mother of all computer viruses in our sensitive technology, across multile sectors, and wait for the Chinese to ‘steal’ it. Then, after the virus(s) knocked out half their grid or whatever, charge them a trillion dollars for the antidote.

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      • ppanther says:

        I think that the Iranians are controlled by the Vatican, who doesn’t want peace, they want to finance wars. That is their main income. So anyone that is trying to negotiate peace, is the enemy of the vatican.

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      • Marc says:

        You do realize many of these events involving Iran are false flags set up by the US, the Saudis, Israelis, or a combination thereof? Iran does antagonize at times but these back to back events are being orchestrated to push POTUS to go to war before the election year. Let’s be clear eyed and no succumb to neocon propaganda like we did during the Bush era.

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        • snellvillebob says:

          Most likely set up by Kerry, obama, Hillary and the entire crew of global pillagers.

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        • Rob1 says:

          It might not be a false flag, and Iran is really doing these things. But with the purposes you stated: to get Trump into a war that may threaten his re-election. Iran may think that is actually better for them in the long run.

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        • dufrst says:

          Many? Iran has admitted to shooting down the drone. And has admitted to targeting one of our planes that had about 40 people onboard. You can’t pretend Iran is never going to attack us because they have! Besides, Trump has made it clear, he will take out their nuclear capacity if they don’t negotiate.

          He will never allow them to have nukes. He prefers to use sanctions but it is the sanctions that’s making Iran want to lash out for nationalist/political reasons in order to keep their domestic support. We’ll see if Iran agrees to ending their nuke program permanently along with their war in Yemen in exchange for reclaiming their economic might, which is Trump’s offer.

          As Trump said, the US doesn’t need Gulf oil and gas anymore, so in reality, Saudi/GCC and Iranian economic interest should align with selling oil/gas to EU, Japan, India and China.

          So, I don’t agree with you and me the drone attack. I don’t agree with you on the oil tanker attacks either. They were both Iranian attacks. I do agree with you that NeoCons do want war with Iran. But Trump is trying to keep them at bay by practically begging Iran not to force his hand, i.e. quit the nuke program and the stupid war against Saudi Arabia.

          Trump is a very shrewd and keen player. I won’t call him a genius yet (he has to accomplish his goals first). But he’s showing the world the power of making your position clear and respectable while being flexible to a point. He can’t completely allow these authoritarians to roll him but he’s definitely giving them (Xi, Iranian mullah, Jong Un, Assad, and Putin) respectable ways to back down and move in his direction. When they’ve really tested him, he’s slapped them hard economically while reserving the right to use our military, which really is without question. This is the idiocy of the NeoCons. They actually don’t know how to use or military strength without actually using our military! Trump does this with rhetoric and visible displays of our military assets (just like Putin but with an actual real strong economy to boot !).

          I hope, like you do, Trump succeeds that way. Otherwise, we end up with Biden’s or Sander’s pacificism, which leads to war (see Obama years) where these authoritarians seize territory unabated or we get a NeoCons like Rubio/Romney/Bush who will go to war for anything! Trump must succeed in order to put to bed that type of thinking.

          Trump and Reagan are kindred spirits threading the line. Trump’s quote of the day is that he’s neither a hawk or a dove! Translation: I don’t like Obama’s weakness or the NeoCons warmongering, but I can utilize the track between both to accomplish my ends.

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        • Somewhere in Dixie says:

          You got it Marc. Thank God our Lion is smarter than them.

          Liked by 1 person

          • swissik says:

            I agree with Marc also, and I would ask how many remember how and who destroyed the Shah back in the late seventies?


        • Peppurr says:

          Makes sense to me. Trump is not the loose cannon they thought. I still worry about Bolton and Pompeo tho.


      • betseyross says:

        Economic security. It’s where it’s at. Looks like it works.

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    • jessetmims says:

      @ The Deplorable Tina… Re “Does anyone else think POTUS is trying this same thing with Iran?”

      I agree. Trump is a one man good cop/bad cop show…

      With minor alterations depending on the country, Trump has established a pattern of using a similar combination of threats and carrots (bamboo shoots in the case of China) as negotiating tools.

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    • ppanther says:

      If we could get the meddler Kerry out of the picture, who is a self appointed negotiator, who is not authorized to do what he is doing. He should be locked up forever for his anti American tactics!

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    • wlbeattie says:

      🤫Pssst! Shush!


    • Child of Morning says:

      I totally agree. He must be in communication with a faction in Iran that wants peace.


    • Johnny Dollar says:

      “Does anyone else think POTUS is trying this same thing with Iran?” as he’s doing with NK?

      I do.

      Trumps rhetoric about how Iran can be a great and rich nation (or something like that) sounds very similar to the kinds of things he’s pitching to NK. Whoever thought North Korean beaches were good for anything. Trump saw resorts when he went there. Everyone else has been looking at North Korean beaches as points of invasion.

      I don’t think Trump has ever seen a problem that he thought he couldn’t solve.
      To him, it boils down to the right move at the right time. Which, if true, means he’s got his work cut out for himself !


    • I think that the President is well aware that the citizens of Iran are very different from the leaders of Iran, and that the Citizens want peace…It is the leaders that we need to remove (right Jimmy Carter…)


  3. DJSnyder says:

    Well, that’s one problem pretty much neutralized…

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  4. Old Scroll Ranger says:

    Excellent. Just an excellent maneuver by a savvy businessman, whom, by the way, is the President of the Unites States of America.

    Liked by 25 people

  5. The Boss says:

    Don’t you like it when a plan comes together?

    Liked by 15 people

  6. trialbytruth says:

    I wonder if the pen on the desk is a Donald Trump signature pen.

    Liked by 5 people

  7. WSB says:

    Micky D’s!!!!!!!!

    Liked by 5 people

  8. Pa Hermit says:

    Rive and rearn!

    Liked by 4 people

  9. Attorney at Law says:

    Rucky Day indeed!

    Each day is a blessing with President Trump.


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  10. Tee Jay says:

    Business setting in a folding chair?

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  11. A Moderate Man says:

    Sundance is feeling pretty confident about what is happening with the three parties, he still is just predicting so I guess we will see if the meeting materializes like we all hope.

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    • Dutchman says:

      This has been my prediction as well (that PDJT will say “Thank you, I’ll gladly take denuked korea, but this gets you NO concessions, Xi”.

      Its the obvious play, and Xi is naive if he thinks 45 will give him anything for aknowledging the obvious.

      Let the games,….continue.

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      • MaineCoon says:

        And my friend Xi, as a bonus, I’ll make sure Iran doesn’t close the straits so you can get your oil.

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        • Bubba Cow says:

          some joint US/China naval works there would explode many media heads !!


        • I was thinking the same. Most are thinking of the magnanimous panda and “releasing” the hostage, but PDJT has lots of leverage with the ME situation. Maybe that is why he held off on the retaliation on Iran. Showing the world he can do it, is ready to do it, but will only do it if the time is right.


  12. All Too Much says:

    So, Trump says no concessions, and NK is neutered by China owning NK military responsibility.
    Meantime, sanctions continue.
    Xi’s head must be spinning.
    Mine’s just slowly nodding, thanking Sundance for the education.

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  13. MAMacLeod says:

    The white jacket is a nice touch.

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  14. mitch says:

    Love these write ups and the back story!

    Liked by 2 people

  15. wendy forward says:

    Very fat and cute.

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  16. OhNoYouDont says:

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  17. barnabusduke says:

    Is it just me or does KJU seem to be changing his hair style to one (for some reason) familiar to me? 😉

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  18. Paul B. says:

    There’s something very affirming and personal about Kim releasing the photo of him studying the Trump letter. This gives honor to Trump far more than a mere press acknowledgement would. And in that second pic, the Trump and Kim smiles are relaxed and genuine. Far different from the forced show Xi and Kim put on for public consumption. Trump was very wise to hold his peace when NK seemed to be backtracking on its peace commitments. Though the road forward won’t be easy, this thing ain’t over yet, and is well worthy of ongoing prayer.

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    • Vince says:

      I don’t know if this is a Korean thing, but in China, holding something with both hands is a sign of respect. If someone gives you a document, or even a bill or receipt with both hands, they are giving you respect.

      Also, things like business cards are ways to show respect. If you hand your business card to a Chinese businessman, he will stop and read the card. The longer he takes to read the card, the more respect he is giving you. I think the same is being done with Kim releasing a photo of him reading the letter respectfully, with both hands on the letter.

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    • Paul as you say releasing the photo is definitely shows more importance than just a news headline. Vince is correct, 2 hands more respect, longer to read more respect. Kim is concentrating on the letter, reading slowly and carefully. Not overly serious as in bad news. I believe this is playing out very well for the US, DPRK, and ROK and maybe even China (though they may not know it).

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    • Mrs. E says:

      Yes, Paul. I thought at the time that it was wise to hold his peace, and keep it on the even keel. What a great man we have for president! I will be praying, per usual.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Paul B. says:

        Isn’t it ironic that he’s continually pilloried in the press as being a roughshod idiot with no idea what he’s doing, out of control and way over his head, while they miss all the wisdom he employs to, using his terminology, “make the deal”. Do they miss it because it is they who are the roughshod idiots, or is it due to ideological intentionality? Only their hairdresser knows for sure.


        • InAz says:

          The Commie presstitutes are intentionally attacking President Trump as an idiot, his office and Administration in chaos, he has no idea what he is doing, he watches television all day, no foreign policy experience, etc etc etc. They say these things to keep reinforcing it to their base and to sway others to not support President Trump. It is all orchestrated…..every day

          Liked by 1 person

  19. MDNA I says:

    “In an interesting aspect to the media report, KCNA releases a picture of Chairman Kim reading the letter”

    A picture of the Chairman in a very “unbuttoned” condition: not quite intimate, certainly not overly familiar, & still firmly in control – but comfortable, at ease, thoughtful

    Liked by 1 person

    • MDNA I says:

      IMO there’s 2 obstacles to any American trying to read Chairman Kim Jong Un: (a) the nonverbals & metamessaging characteristic of (a) Communist regimes; (b) the same of East Asian culture

      What lept out at me in the last press conference POTUS Trump & Chairman Kim spoke at together, as how sensitive Trump’s become to those unwritten rules. It might’ve seemed odd for him to physically & verball interject himself b/w a reporters’ Q & Kim’s response. But several times journalists unaware of it were being downright insulting to KIm & Trump intervened to keep “face”

      Liked by 1 person

    • All Too Much says:

      Comfortable, at ease, thoughtful.

      Liked by 2 people

  20. RE: Chairman Xi is about to discover is that Trump doesn’t care about cunning magnanimous panda, and there will be no concessions (except possibly a return to the original commitment by Vice-Chairman Liu He).

    … President Trump is about to remind Chairman Xi that

    • It will take CONSIDERABLE TIME for V.C. Liu He’s replacement to build up the working relationship that Liu cultivated over the past 18 months to begin to make progress BEYOND the issues that formed the ONLY foundation for a future Trade Deal, not to mention that

    • It will take far MORE TIME for Liu’s replacement to map how he can DEMONSTRATE the SUCCESSFUL ENFORCEMENT, over a long enough period of time and for the full scope of issues to be resolved, that will earn the TRUST (destroyed by China’s Renege) required to CLOSE the DEAL.

    Liked by 5 people

    • Dutchman says:

      And for all that time, the tarifs remain in place. Xi’s reneg was predictable, even inevitable. But its gonna cost BILLIONS, and now PDJT, having flipped the board, can drag his feet on the negotiations.

      The longer it takes, the more Chinas economy bleeds. If Xi balks, PDJT raises the tarifs.
      For Xi, its like being in a maze, with NO exit. And Kim and PDJT already demonstrated to Xi (if he was paying attention) that PDJT won’t sign an agreement for the optics; he will walk away.
      This is FUN!

      Liked by 6 people

      • This should be one hell of a two weeks
        … culminating with Deportation D-Day 2.0

        Liked by 3 people

        • Dutchman says:

          Not getting excited about D day, don’t want to get my hopes up.
          International is going to be great to watch, the swamp nothing anticipated (like indictments) and immigration battle will be ongoing.

          Hope 45 fires that idiot in charge of immigration, and appoints Homan as acting. Outrite insubordinstion can’t be tolerated. Let him no he is unemployed in a tweet.

          Liked by 9 people

    • gildie says:

      BKR, This is the part (“SUCCESSFUL ENFORCEMENT”) that has me stumped. I just
      don’t see how this plays out. Verification. A crucial part of the agreement. That means
      inspectors, correct? Where would they come from? Not China. EU? forget it. The UN?
      they’re worse. They have to come from the USA.
      So Xi is going to let in , say 500 or 1000 US inspectors to stomp all over his country,
      shouldering office doors, demanding access to the ‘real” servers, threatening companys
      with agreement violations. That’s damn embarrassing. How does Xi save face?
      How do the Chinese retain their pride. Does anyone really think the communists would
      allow a foreign country to operate like that inside their borders?
      I’m not seeing it.


      • Dutchman says:

        A number of us think there will BE no agreement, for the reason you list, and several more.
        Xi can NOT agree to PDJT’s reasoble demand that China quit cheating.
        PDJT can NOT agree to anything less.
        So, our theory is there,will NEVER be an agreement with China, as long as CCP is in charge.
        The goal is NOT an agreement, its regime change using ECONOMIC power instead of military power.

        Essentially, instead of boots on ground invasion, bankrupting you, in order to try to effect regime change, you use ECONOMIC might, to bankrupt those regimes that threaten your self interest,
        Thru tarifs or sanctions.

        The real “choke” was not PDJT halting the attack on Iran. The REAL “choke” was Obama with that odious Iran pallets of cash deal.

        Just drawing out the negotiations, while keeping the tarifs in place, and signalling support to the protesters, and Iran would already have flipped.

        Economic Security is National Security
        Bankruptcy not bombs, for those who threaten Americas interests.

        Liked by 13 people

        • Bankruptcy not Bombs: NAILED it, Dutchman.

          Liked by 3 people

        • That’s how Reagan got the Soviet Union. Bankruptcy not bombs.

          Liked by 1 person

          • Dutchman says:

            Exactly. It wasn’t about weapons sydtems, it was about PAYING for weapons systems.
            Centrally controlled Conmunist systems are inherently innefficient and corrupt. Hence, they can NOT compete. Must cheat.

            Liked by 1 person

            • same as demon c rat party…. Dutchman….


              • Dutchman says:

                Yes, to me it really IS an epic battle of GOOD (GOD) vs. EVIL (Satan).
                Demonrats, CCP, Media, Iran all are minions of Satan. And YES, VDJT IS working for GOD, to those of us who see it that way, it is so clear.

                So, we are witnessing, simultaneously America in 1776, and Davids battle with Goliath. A GLORIOUS time to witness.

                When we look at Brennan or Hillary, we can SEE the effect of harboring evil in their souls. I know I am not alone in this, and I also know their are agnostics and athiests who just don’t see it.

                C’est la vie, I SEE what I SEE, and just cause someone else DOESN’T see it, doesn’t mean they can convince ME to ‘not-see’ it, too.

                There are some things that once seen, simply can NOT be unseen.

                Liked by 3 people

                • GrandpaM says:

                  Dutchman, our pastor’s sermon today was on Elijah. He mentioned Elijah killing the 400 prophets of Baal and routinely confronting the king of Israel but ole Jezebel scared him so bad that he ran away. My reply was that he was so scared of her because she most likely had all the FBI files. Anyway, all this to say that when anyone mentions Jezebel I envision Hillary.


                • Dutchman says:

                  In the Lord of the rings trilogy, there is the scene when Bilbo asks Frodo to let him look at the ring, and for a second his demon comes out.

                  Thats what I envision with all of them; Hillary, Bill, Biden, etc.
                  But yeah, Hillary as jezebel. She sure scares the heck out of ME!


                • 22denizen says:

                  I agree with you.

                  I hope you find this as interesting as I did:

                  Vision Of Kim Jong-Un Of North Korea
                  By Henry Gruver | September 16, 2017



        • Dekester says:

          Ok Dutchman,

          Spill the beans. You are really PDJT 😉

          Seriously though, you BKR and a host of others illuminate so much of what’s going on.

          Cheers, and all the best.

          Liked by 2 people

          • Dutchman says:

            Oh, Lord no! PDJT is the chess master, we’re just the commentator, quietly saying into the microphone “And now he has just taken his opponents queen, with his Kings rook, and his opponent appears shaken!”

            Liked by 2 people

  21. WSB says:

    “White is the most commonly used color in Korea. Koreans were sometimes referred to as “the white clad people.” Historically, commoners wore white hanboks, a traditional Korean form of attire. Only royalty and the upper class were permitted to wear colorful hanboks. White is still worn for weddings, new years celebrations and funerals to celebrate the journey to the afterlife. The color white symbolizes purity, innocence, peace and patriotism. Traditionally, white represents the element metal and the direction West.”

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  22. Arrest Soros says:

    KJU is not at his main desk. The main one is in the background under the picture of his father and grandfather.
    p.s. His grandfather is considered a deity and is still (after death) regarded as North Korea’s leader.

    Liked by 1 person

  23. Streak 264 says:

    Next Weeks News:
    Trump and Un are sparing again!
    This is a roller coaster ride.

    Liked by 1 person

  24. Narayanan Subramanian says:

    Sir, I have this worry. What possiblity China work similar Dragon/Panda on the matter of Iran


    • Dutchman says:

      Very good, Iran is a second ‘rougue proxie’for China, just like N.Korea, IMHO.

      Not QUITE as much CONTROL, but almost. Irans nuke program is closely interrelated to N.Korea, which is to day really comes from China.

      Just as PDJT nutralised Norks by making clear no testing of nukes or large rockets that could carry them, he has made it clear to Iran.

      You kill americans, I WILL act. I THINK that play, of China using Iran for MAJOR provocation is checked. Between Israel, SA and US, Iran COULD be put in a world of hurt, without any need for boots on the ground.

      Liked by 5 people

  25. Blue Wildflower says:

    There is a notebook and pen on each side of him. He is ready to come to the table with the US and China. He has left the traditions and the problems on his regular desk under the picture. He is ready for a different and prosperous North Korea. It is time for a change!

    Liked by 7 people

  26. trapper says:

    Proof of life.


  27. OhNoYouDont says:

    Pyongyang June 23 (KCNA) – Kim Jung Un, chairman of the Worker’s Party of Korea, chairman of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and supreme commander of the armed forces of the DPRK, received a personal letter from President of the United States of America Donald Trump.

    After reading the letter, the Supreme Leader of the Party, the state and the armed forces said with satisfation that the letter is of excellent content.

    Appreciating the political judging faculty and extraordinary courage of President Trump, Kim Jong Un said he would seriously contemplate the interesting content. -0-


    Liked by 2 people

    • OhNoYouDont says:

      During this drone incident with Iran and the expected US retaliation, Kim Jong Un was hosting Xi Jinping in Pyongyang.

      Wonder how many times did the conversation of PDJT come up during that visit?

      Perhaps, Kim reminding Trump of DPRK missile test when Abe was visiting Maralago in February 2017?

      Perhaps, Trump reminding Xi of the Syrian airfield missile strikes as they were eating chocolate cake at Maralago in April 2017??

      Perhaps, “Appreciating the political judging faculty and extraordinary courage of President Trump” is related to Trump’s response to Iran???

      Both Trump and Kim have their own “Deep States” to deal with.

      Liked by 6 people

  28. Monadnock says:

    There will be no concessions by PDJT on the economic front – Xi would simply pocket those and re-kidnap KJU and we’d be back to square one.

    Tariffs need to continue long enough that Xi goes hardline – businesses relocate, supply chains break… and China finds itself a full generation behind the Western Economic 8-Ball…

    Leave them only a few steps behind us and the Deep State will have the status quo restored to Pre-PDJT in less than the first full term of the next Dem president.

    Gotta squash the panda while the squashin’ is good.

    Liked by 3 people

    • RightAroundTheBlock says:

      Mona, “There will be no concessions by PDJT on the economic front…” & “Gotta squash the panda while the squashin’ is good.”

      Um… what other fronts or backs would he concede? None??? He will throw them an economic bone to help Pooh bear save face. He’s a dealmaker, expect it. Nothing wrong with getting 80 to 90% of what we want on our end economically, trade wise, with our largest trading partner and the second largest economy in the world, while securing other issues like IT/patent theft and forcing their markets open. USMCA alone will punish Pooh.

      We have the stronger economy and military; an 80-90% trade turn around on our end?… that kind of economic trade reversal would be HUGELY felt over here in the States. We could make serious simultaneous inroads into infrastructure and decreasing our debt. A big win for us with a small win for them is simply fair brokering among nations and a peaceful resolution to a region. If he bends a little here I’m still all in. Full support.

      And take it ease… Stay strong, but kind. Keep your humanity. There are lots of ways a China can start a war and “squashing” a billion + people is not good for anyone, including us. There are global ramifications. Create strict agreements on our terms, not through globalist institutional entities until they are reworked. Swift and punishing ramifications for non-compliance. And then let the Chinese people see the transition of NK to a more SK economic and social state. The flourishing of Freedom. Hong Kong, Taiwan… and now NK, the communists are on the losing end all around them. No need to poke. Imagine a peaceful emerging prosperous NK and reunification… under a nationalist worldview and liberty-minded construct. Let the pseudo socialists and libs here, and the rest of the brainwashed anti-Trump globalists, see that kind of progress in the next two to three years along with an economic turn-around here and we may not have to worry so much about 2024… They can sell a lie for only so long but once that flower blooms so close to the nose you can smell it, there’s no turning back. That is woke. Not waking to the negativity of the world and all that is wrong with it but to its potential, the beauty and fairness of what it can be. Chicoms not the only long-term thinkers in the game. We got this.


      • Remington..... says:

        ….meanwhile, back at the ranch, we have REAL enemies inside the wire. Uni party, media, cartels, and the border.

        We have met the enemy and he is us”


  29. jeff semda says:

    What my mind sees is Biden sneaking up and sniffing Kim.

    Liked by 1 person

  30. jmclever says:

    So, ChiComs magnanimously offer to solve problem that they created and have perpetuated for decades, and they think POTUS Trump will give them applause and accolades? That’s proof they don’t know him at all. Pakistan found that out the hard way.


  31. Luz Maria Rodriguez says:

    President Lincoln addressed President Trump: “Welcome to the stratosphere of politics, sir, I welcome your companionship. Very few have traveled here.”

    Liked by 1 person

    • GW says:

      My sentiments Exactly ! Early on I was saying he’s the best president since Reagan. Later, I began saying he’s the greatest president since Teddy Roosevelt (and I loved Reagan!) niw I’m saying he’s the greatest president since Lincoln !!!

      Liked by 1 person

  32. MaineCoon says:

    This NK News article on the Xi-Kim Summit has a very interesting statement, which is stated twice in the article.

    FTA: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday “reached a consensus on important issues” and agreed to develop bilateral relations regardless of changes that may occur in the international situation, North Korean state-run media reported on Saturday.

    (And repeated again in the article)

    Kim and Xi, notably, “expressed their will to glorify the friendly relations between the two parties and the two countries in the future, no matter how the international situation changes,” the Rodong and KCNA said in Korean-language reports.

    Liked by 1 person

  33. kp says:

    Wow, I learn so much from Treepers, it is so cool!

    I look at everything with the understanding of Father’s ultimate plan. In the Fig Tree generation (now, started 1948) there will be “wars and rumors of wars” (isn’t there always?). But more importantly, when the world is crying, “Peace, peace” (meaning we are on the verge of world peace) and the global economy suddenly tanks due to an unforeseen world event (unseen by us).

    Then the final prophecies can come to pass. “Complex business folks, complex business.” “This generation shall not pass…”

    It is so cool to be alive now! Watch watchmen, watch.

    Liked by 2 people

  34. A2 says:

    I posted this earlier,
    And that photo was on page one in the Rodong Sinmun Party mouthpiece.

    “North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has received another personal letter from U.S. President Donald Trump, North Korean state-run media reported on Sunday.

    Kim, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) and the party daily the Rodong Sinmun said, “expressed satisfaction after reading the personal letter, saying that it contains excellent content.”

    “Kim Jong Un said he would seriously contemplate the interesting content, appreciating the political judgment and extraordinary courage of President Trump,” reports continued.

    Sunday’s edition of the Rodong Sinmun, which serves as the chief organ of the Workers’ Party of Korea (WPK), carried a photo of the North Korean leader reading the letter on its front page.

    State media did not elaborate on the content of the message or reveal when, or how, it was delivered.

    Here is the official notice KCNA
    This was added at the end:

    “After reading the letter, the Supreme Leader of the Party, the state and the armed forces said with satisfaction that the letter is of excellent content.

    Appreciating the political judging faculty and extraordinary courage of President Trump, Kim Jong Un said that he would seriously contemplate the interesting content.”

    What does this mean? It was written two days after Xi’s visit and all around socialist brothers, I.e, lips and teeth visit. Xi has bolstered Kim3 against the Party hardliners who had their knives out for his

    So both Xi, who alluded to his grand plan for NK on his two day visit no details of course, and now it seems President Trump has a plan (besides what we know from public statements, the summits,and alluded to by Kim by saying he will study the ‘interesting content’.Will they coincide?

    From what I have read in the CCP official organ, Qiushi, that I translated partly here, Xi’s strategy for G20, is that if the US doesn’t back off on the tariffs, there will be no deal. China will decouple from the US, as they have on the Internet. Even Bellweather Hu of the Global Times tweeted this out yesterday.

    Well, good luck with all that PRC. The President just renewed sanctions on NK for another year. The G20 will be interesting, as Neville Chamberlain Moon is meeting both China and Russia on the sidelines.

    Never underestimate the appeasement factions. Plus Moon’s progressive economic policies have basically nose-dived SK’s economy. he has been sidelined by Kim, hence the rapprochement with China.

    Everyone of the usual players, China, Russia, SK and of course NK on whose behest they are made, want sanctions lifted. Human rights and freedom issues be damned. And songun means USA out of Asia.

    No statements on denuclearisation of NK, just a vague reference which as we have seen from both summits, is no commitment by NK to give up its growing arsenal, just a general statement that includes the US ( giving up its nukes).

    So unless anyone here has read Qiushi articles, you have no idea what China has laid out as its roadmap.

    Should all be interesting to say the least.

    Liked by 4 people

  35. Guyski says:

    Is there’s a roll for Russia in this?


  36. Pyrthroes says:

    NR comment by Rich Lowry, 06/21/19 (precis): “Subtract Trump’s taste for nonstop controversy and rhetorical brinkmanship, and you’re left with an incrementalist center-right government pursuing expansionary fiscal policies, studiously avoiding geopolitical hostilities in favor of national peace-and-prosperity that –in any other universe– would be a core stay-the-course reelection message.”

    In Pres. Trump’s case, “Studiously avoiding geopolitical hostilities” does not mean Gangrenous’ “reset” asininities perpetrated by false-pretense straphangers like Kerry and MzBill, but combining insightful realpolitik with economic leverage in personal-political contexts reflecting deep understanding of human nature apropos fellow Chiefs-of-State.

    Trump’s benign, conflict-damping objectives will win out because, for all ChiComs’ fuss-and-bluster –all too reminiscent of Iranian mullah-dullahs’ over forty years– it is to everyone’s extreme advantage that they do. In this regard, Trump bends these proctocranials’ “arc of history” back to earth in favor of America… not only to this country’s material advantage, but to the Framers’ classic Jeffersonian-Madisonian “Enlightenment” ideals.

    As Campaign 2020 wends on, from Fauxcahontas to whole spectra of bizarre-o demagogues, Rats’ bloborific Tam o’Shanters (qv) will expose themselves for the hate-mongering, would-be commissars they are. In 2016, Trump’s Electoral count of 304 : 227 topped MzBill by 33.9%; come November 2020, that proportion could reach 325 – 215 = 51.2%, meaning politic worms like Bernie-baby, Biden, various rumpfed ronyons in Ferraro-Zaccaro mode, will default to A-train token-taking, where their true talents lie.

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  37. Krashman Von Stinkputin says:

    Hostage or hostage taker singing?

    Liked by 1 person

  38. Isman says:

    Moving forward, Xi and the leaders of North and South Korea share the Nobel Peace Prize, with no mention of Trump. Xi saves face and gains the breathing room to make his deal with the USA.

    Liked by 2 people

  39. sDee says:

    “Rucky day”


  40. OhNoYouDont says:


  41. bluebongo says:

    White shirt = white flag = I agree to ESGPOTUSDJT terms and hereby surrender.


  42. The Devilbat says:

    The letter probably outlined an offer to Kim for a McDonald’s franchise for Pyongyang.


  43. For how many decades has American foreign policy failed to consider that North Korea is and always has been a proxy of China?

    Here we are repeatedly seeing Trump’s far-more-refined negotiating skills, born of decades of business experience in Real Estate and described in a number of his books. He simply knows more than the average Politician.

    Liked by 2 people

  44. Pew-Anon says:

    Like a commenter in a recent post, I am still somewhat fuzzy on the nexus between the XI/DPRK visit and the notion that China now owns any future DPRK aggression. As far as I can tell, this is based on principles that would only play to an Asian mindset, where the real China/DPRK dynamic is common knowledge, and consequently of no leverage to us. This notion is otherwise completely lost on the Western mindset (where the leverage is really needed) because to our way of thinking Xi’s visit and subsequent statements don’t necessarily constitute an element of control, like it does to the Eastern mindset.

    So, I don’t see where this gains us anything. It’s of no value in the East where everybody already knows the situation, and therefore a reversal by Xi would constitute no loss of face. It’s also of no value in the West because we don’t have a face-saving worldview. If I’m missing something (which is likely), someone please elaborate.


  45. evergreen says:

    Sitting at a conference table, not in his desk chair.
    Trump underlined a pair of words or phrases? Special emphasis, driving home a point of business in a most personal manner.
    Both mean something. But what?


  46. Bogeyfree says:

    Personally I see The Xi and Kim meeting nothing more than a set to embarrass PT at G20.

    What will come out is Kim is 100% on board to denuclearization of NK and that will come out first to get the world all excited about this huge breakthrough.

    But what is not public is the deal is 100% contingent on PT backing off the tariffs on China.

    This will make PT choose and of course he will walk from that deal.

    So in the end the press and the world will scream how could PT ignore, not care about ridding the world of nuclear weapons from rogue over some lousy tariffs.

    He place money over lives will be their cry and outrage.

    There never was going to be a denuclearization deal. It is all a set up to embarrass and make PT look like he cares more about economics and tariffs over eliminating nukes and the threat of a nuclear war.

    Xi gets to say I tried, I had Kim and NK all teed up for PT to eliminate the nukes but he is too obsessed with tariffs and hurting China to care.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Trump Train says:

      Perhaps, but xi still looses in that scenario while and ultimately when his economy collapses.


    • L. E. Joiner says:

      Sundance may be right, or you may be right. Is there a middle way? It will test President Trump’s skill at both deal-making and face-saving (one as important as the other). I guess we’ll see. . . /LEJ


    • Pew-Anon says:

      This speaks somewhat to my point just above. The idea that Xi now owns future DPRK aggression only makes sense to an Asian audience, where such narrative is useless. Here in the West, we would analyze it exactly as you described, which again is a position of zero leverage for us.


    • dallasdan says:

      Your theory is reasonable, given the history of China’s use of NK and the economic straitjacket Xi is wearing. IMO, Kim is fully aware of his being completely subservient to Xi in order to prolong his regime, and he will do exactly what he is told. China’s economic concerns dwarf de-nuclearization, and the latter is but a tool to lessen the pain of the former.

      Economically, Xi has little to zero leverage in negotiations with the President. As you speculate, Xi’s strategy has degenerated to using de-nuclearization as the lure for tariff relief, trying to force the President to accept it or, in Xi’s mind, look foolish for refusing to succeed in supporting the much more visible and venerable objective of pursuing world peace.

      I agree with the clear consensus on this site that the President sees it coming and will not accept it.


    • sundance says:

      Can you see in your scenario where what you are really saying is that China controls the nukes in North Korea?

      That’s been the point all along….


  47. L. E. Joiner says:

    The North-Korean and Iranian situations are actually quite different, IMO. For NK I see the goal as denuclearization leading to ultimate reunification of the peninsula. For Iran, the goal has to be regime change. It isn’t politic to admit it, but we want the blood-thirsty mullahs out of there, and so, I expect, do most of the Iranian people. The trick is to squeeze the mullahs until the people revolt—with a little sub-rosa help, of course. /LEJ


  48. Diane Stress says:

    I bet that letter is about the McDonalds!


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