Without a doubt, the world of politics is one that has always been fairly bizarre. Tack on the election of Donald Trump as president, and the ludicrous actions his administration has been taking, and it becomes fairly evident that we may be in one of the most bizarre political eras in modern human history. Aside from his election in and of itself, President Trump has been raising critical concerns on the international level, as his approach to foreign policy is unorthodox to say the least, and wildly detrimental at best.
Nevertheless, despite his volatile and seemingly uncalculated means of conducting foreign policy, the president made history on Monday in a way that many thought impossible. For the first time since the feud between the United States and North Korea began, the two heads of state met with one another face to face, in an attempt to put aside their differences and work towards international stability. Albeit the fact remains that, historically, dictators do not tend to have sudden changes of heart in their inherent agendas, the occurrence of the meeting itself was monumental considering the attacks both President Trump and Kim Jong-Un lobbed at one another over the past year.
After what seemed to be a positive and forward-looking meeting, perhaps the most bizarre event of the day took place in an interview on CNN. Former NBA player and friend of the North Korean dictator, Dennis Rodman, appeared on the news network for an interview following the meeting, on which he was overcome with emotion and began to tear up when talking to host Chris Cuomo. According to a USA Today article quoting Rodman’s interview, the NBA Hall of Famer stated:
‘It’s a great day. I am here to see it. I’m so happy. I said to everybody the door will open. It’s amazing, it’s amazing, it’s amazing, when I said those things, when I went back home, I got so many death threats, and I believed in North Korea and I couldn’t go home, I couldn’t even go home, I had to hide out for 30 days, but I kept my head high, and I knew things were going to change.
I knew it. I was the only one.’
"Today is a great day," former NBA star Dennis Rodman says in an emotional interview in which he describes his relationship with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un https://t.co/eoNeZnYFm7 pic.twitter.com/6gouUPBBpX
— CNN International (@cnni) June 12, 2018
Rodman has been a long-time friend of Kim’s, having made several public visits to North Korea in recent years, with the latest occurring in 2017 and coinciding with the release of captive college student Otto Warmbier, who died less than a week following his release.
I just watched Dennis Rodman cry on live television about facilitating a historic meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un.
Read that sentence again.
— J.E. Skeets (@jeskeets) June 12, 2018
When asked whether Rodman had been personally invited to Singapore for the meeting, President Trump denied that the former NBA star was reached out to prior to the summit. Nevertheless, Rodman claims that following the meeting between Trump and Kim, the White House did in fact reach out and thank him for having come to the country.
Dennis Rodman’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech is going to be epic.
— Karen Tumulty (@ktumulty) June 12, 2018
Although specific details regarding the summit and agreed upon matters have yet to be discussed, Trump claimed that the meeting went positively, and portrayed his optimism moving forward. However, considering the lessons history has taught us, it would be foolish to blindly accept the showmanship of a foreign dictator, and taking his word as bond will almost inevitably lead to detriment if North Korea’s nuclear endeavors go unchecked.
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