Donald Trump is not only getting twisted around and shown for the great negotiator he isn’t by his North Korea talks, he’s also dealing with people as comfortable flinging insults as he is. After Mike Pence again floated the “Libya model” for American negotiations with North Korea, an official called Pence a “political dummy” and more:
Choe Son Hui, a vice minister of foreign affairs, was quoted Thursday by the North’s state-run news agency slamming as “ignorant” and “stupid” comments Pence made in an interview with Fox News that compared the nuclear-capable North to Libya. Libya gave up its program at an early stage only to see its longtime dictator overthrown and brutally killed years later.
Choe reiterated that North Korea would be fine walking away from the discussions and into nuclear war, saying “Whether the U.S. will meet us at a meeting room or encounter us at nuclear-to-nuclear showdown is entirely dependent upon the decision and behavior of the United States.
To be fair to Pence, as ignorant and stupid as he is, he’s just following official Trump administration messaging and policy. Which currently includes totally botching negotiations with North Korea, top to bottom, and being yanked around by China.