North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un thought he could take advantage of the new Trump administration’s transitional period to threaten concessions out of America, but he quickly discovered that President Donald Trump is a different kind of leader than Barack Obama — one who won’t be intimidated. Although Democrats were quick to criticize Trump’s handling of the North Korean threat, Trump just delivered their dictator an epic humiliation, and his critics are eating their words.
As reported by The Hill, President Trump has successfully called North Korea’s bluff on Guam — and the Kim regime is withdrawing its threat against the US territory in the Pacific. Kim believed scare tactics would give him leverage over the US, but in Trump, he found an adversary who has spent all his adult life successfully maneuvering heated negotiations.
Although North Korea has abandoned its decision to launch missiles at Guam, the Kim regime is still using haughty rhetoric to try to save face with the international community. Their communications arm stated, “If the Yankees persist in their extremely dangerous reckless actions on the Korean Peninsula and in its vicinity, testing the self-restraint of the DPRK, the [North] will make an important decision as it already declared.”
Despite the last-ditch attempt at intimidation, the move is a crushing blow to North Korea and a major win for Trump and America. Kim demonstrated that he folds under pressure. Gone are the days of Pyongyang dictating the terms of American-North Korean relations.
This news comes only a week after North Korea said it was planning an “operational plan” for “enveloping fire” to contain US military bases on Guam, as covered by the Financial Times.
Trump responded to the threat with the strong rhetoric that has characterized his dealings with Kim Jong-un. In a Tweet, he warned, “Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded, should North Korea act unwisely. Hopefully Kim Jong Un will find another path!”
As Fox News notes, Defense Secretary James Matthis, whose statements regarding North Korea have generally been more subdued, publicly stated that it would be “game on” if North Korea were to attack Guam.
Additionally, President Trump indicated that he wouldn’t rule out a “military option” in Venezuela, whose citizens have been suffering immense economic hardship and political persecution under an oppressive communist dictatorship akin to North Korea’s.
Trump’s comment on Venezuela was a cunning maneuver that put Pyongyang on edge, causing them to reconsider and ultimately backtrack on their threats against US installations abroad.
The Trump approach to North Korea, most famously characterized by his promise to meet Kim Jong-un’s aggression with “fire and fury like the world has never seen,” has been a significant change in direction from the style of his predecessors.
The last three presidential administrations followed a policy of appeasement and procrastination when it came to the hostile Kim regime. Most famously, it was Bill Clinton who gave North Korea $5 billion and two nuclear reactors, which they then used to develop nuclear weapons.
Moreover, as Daily Wire reports, Barack Obama knew as far back as 2013 that North Korea had nuclear weapons compact enough to fit into long-range missiles but did nothing about it.
Now, Trump is cleaning up the mess of the last three presidents. And, he’s doing so brilliantly by applying the tactic he repeatedly touted on the campaign trail: unpredictability. By meeting strength with even greater strength, President Trump is showing Kim Jong-un that there are consequences for messing with America.