Comical foreign policy continues as Trump visits the Korean DMZ, and touting that border as a “real border” with mines and troops with reference to the US southern border. Trump often compares the US-Mexico border with DMZ between Koreas.
President Trump orchestrated a made-for-TV moment at the DMZ when he met with Kim Jong Un and stepped across the border into North Korea. https://t.co/9bId8d0YIK
— The Associated Press (@AP) June 30, 2019
But the real story is Stephanie Grisham needing blocking advice from former acting AG Matt Whitaker, as she thought she could push DPRK security around.
President Trump: "I actually stepped in with Chairman Kim — I stepped in to North Korea and they say, and they say that's a historic moment… Many people, I noticed, from Korea were literally in tears crying. Crying, because this big thing. It's a big thing." pic.twitter.com/P5uEtThqNK
— The Hill (@thehill) June 30, 2019
It’s a standard campaign rally riff for Trump to talk about people crying. He likes to make people cry.
President Trump's press secretary Stephanie Grisham ended up with bruises after being shoved by Kim Jong Un's security guards.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) June 30, 2019
The highest-ranking North Korean defector in decades told me Kim Jong UN likes President Trump because he’s not “moral,” and doesn't judge."All previous US presidents so far have been very moral and they paid great attention on the America’s moral image," he said of Trump.
— Richard Engel (@RichardEngel) June 30, 2019
The fake North Korean border town
Slightly within the DMZ between North and South Korea, there’s a little North Korean settlement known as Kijŏngdong–or as the South Koreans like to call it, “Propaganda Village.”
The North Koreans claim that 200 families call the “city” home, and that it includes a childcare center, kindergarten, primary and secondary schools, and a hospital. But through an ironic plot twist in the ideological war between the two Koreas, although no visitors are allowed, Kijŏngdong is the only place in North Korea that can be seen from anywhere across the border–which means that the South Koreans can see that the city is completely deserted all of the time. The buildings also don’t have any windows or subdivided rooms, and the biggest event of the day occurs when some lights flicker on and off at set times to create the illusion of people living there.
Now Trump’s surrogates are defending Kim Jong Un’s atrocities. https://t.co/VNHWYHKDC8
— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) June 30, 2019