The world’s attention was captivated the last few days by Singapore for the first time summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
And though the historic meeting on Sentosa Island definitely deserves to be the headline, there are a couple of other details of the president’s trip worth analyzing.
Trump’s first scheduled visit is a one-hour halt at Andersen Air Force Base from the U.S. territory of Guam, the Pacific island which received a significant quantity of attention due to Kim Jong Un’s danger to target missiles off of its coast last year. (North Korea finally decided against such a move.)
Since Guam’s Pacific Daily News mentioned, it has been roughly 10 months since Trump promised Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo which America was supporting his land”a thousand percent” and that it was”safe” from any North Korean strikes.
The move marks the first trip which Trump has made to Guam during his presidency. Calvo’s office hasn’t said if the governor will be meeting the president throughout the trip, scheduled for between 3:10 and 4:40 a.m. Wednesday at Guam (1:10 to 2:40 p.m. Tuesday eastern time).
While it’s uncertain whether Trump will be visiting together or beating the troops on either trip, it’s well worth noting that the president will be unlikely to take such a path if that weren’t the strategy.
Just how much the Trump-Kim summit will really achieve remains to be seen. However, on Twitter, Trump known as the mere fact he sat down with the North Korean chief a success for his administration, regardless of what the”haters & losers” might say.
The simple fact that I’m having a meeting is a major loss for the U.S., state the haters & losers. We’ve got our hostages, testing, research and most of missle launches have stoped, and these pundits, who have called me wrong from the start, have nothing else they could say! We’ll be fine!
“The very fact that I’m having a meeting is a major loss for the U.S., state the haters & losers,” Trump tweeted Monday. “We’ve got our hostages, testing, research and most of missle launches have stoped, and such pundits, who’ve called me wrong from the start, have nothing else they can say! We’ll be fine!”
And then there’s the fact that Trump is coming with a signed record, according to Fox, which maintains that the”complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,” albeit without a timeline. (On this account, the president stated ,”We are beginning that process very quickly”).
So, there is indeed something for the president to tout — if, of course, he decides to escape to get a photo op with the troops.
This time, however, he is heading back home with a historical document and a tentative start to rapprochement with the North Koreans. And who better to commemorate it with than the men and women of our armed forces?