As far as the American news media is concerned, President Donald Trump has done absolutely nothing of value since taking office last January. In fact, as it pertains to our ongoing struggle to contain the dangerous lunatic of North Korea, the media is trying to convince us that Trump has only made matters worse. With his deranged, childish tweets, his uncertain and contradictory policies, and his secret desire to be the first president since Truman to unleash nuclear hellfire, Trump has made the world a dangerous place for most of humanity. This is the story that best accomplishes the only two goals that concern the press right now: Drive up the ratings and destroy the Trump presidency. Not necessarily in that order.
Which is why this story from Reuters was pretty much buried on all of the major news sites and broadcasts that like to use Trump as a daily punching bag.
Here it is, in case you missed it:
South Korean President Moon Jae-in credited U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday for helping to spark the first inter-Korean talks in more than two years, and warned that Pyongyang would face stronger sanctions if provocations continued.
The talks were held on Tuesday on the South Korean side of the demilitarised zone, which has divided the two Koreas since 1953, after a prolonged period of tension on the Korean peninsula over the North’s missile and nuclear programmes.[…]
“I think President Trump deserves big credit for bringing about the inter-Korean talks, I want to show my gratitude,” Moon told reporters at his New Year’s news conference. “It could be a resulting work of the U.S.-led sanctions and pressure.”
We’d agree with Moon, except we wouldn’t use the “could” qualifier. It is undoubtedly the result of that effort, which is why the world has not seen North Korea in such a pliable position in quite some time. Trump has shown Kim Jong Un that the United States is no longer being led by a weak leader who is more interested in making friends with Islamist regimes than projecting American strength around the world, and it has already made a huge difference. Kim Jong Un is softening, and his diplomacy with the South is the proof that the Trump strategy is working.
Will the president get any credit for this massive step in the right direction? From the people that matter, absolutely. From the American news media? Not in this lifetime.