President Donald Trump, if you didn’t already know, is in Asia this week, touring the continent in the longest visit of any U.S. president to the area since the George H.W. Bush-era. He’s been elsewhere overseas as president, but this is also his first time to Asia since taking office.
Taking, as always, to Twitter to chronicle virtually his every move, he tweeted Monday on the occasion of him preparing to take off for stop two of his Asia tour, South Korea.
‘Getting ready to leave for South Korea and meetings with President Moon, a fine gentleman. We will figure it all out!’
The “it” Trump is referring to here encompasses at least two topics.
The first, and perhaps the most pressing, issue is that of the ever growing threat from North Korea’s nuclear arsenal.
Trump himself has contributed to the problem surrounding this threat through his incessant, hostile rhetoric against North Korea. He’s acted as though being Mr. Tough Guy will suddenly solve all the world’s problems, but all his rhetoric has done is given the North Koreans an excuse to keep building their nuclear arsenal.
Earlier this fall, the nation tested what it claims was a nuclear weapon able to fit on the end of an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile. They’ve also touted supposed plans to attack the tiny U.S. territory of Guam and to test a nuclear weapon in the Pacific Ocean.
Notably, Trump is set to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of an Asian economic summit to discuss North Korea. He’s met Putin before, having done so at the G-20 world leaders’ summit in Hamburg earlier this year, and he’s also obviously still reeling from the investigation into the allegations that he colluded with Russians in their efforts to meddle in the recent presidential election.
The other issue, besides that of North Korea, is trade — Trump, as always, has approached our allies in the Far East by asserting that they are doing us harm through supposedly anti-American trade policies.
The president has not made any significant progress on either one of those two fronts since taking office, and it goes without saying that his promise that he and the South Korean president will “figure it all out” is hollow at best.
Trump eventually tweeted another hollow reassurance that everything is just fine in a particular corner of the world, addressing the ongoing “anti-corruption” purge down in Saudi Arabia. The purge is highly suspicious, seeming as much about consolidating power as dealing with corruption — but this is lost on Trump. His blindness to the situation is no doubt sparked by his business-fueled close relationship with the Saudis.
‘I have great confidence in King Salman and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, they know exactly what they are doing. Some of those they are harshly treating have been “milking” their country for years!’
Check out Twitter’s response to Trump going to South Korea below.
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