Good evening. Today I had the privilege of briefing President Trump on my recent visit to Pyongyang, North Korea. I’d like to thank President Trump, the vice-president and his wonderful national security team, including my close friend General McMaster.
I explained to President Trump that his leadership and his maximum pressure policy, together with international solidarity, brought us to this juncture. I expressed President Moon Jae-in’s personal gratitude for President Trump’s leadership.
I told President Trump that, in our meeting, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un said he is committed to denuclearisation. Kim pledged that North Korea will refrain from any further nuclear or missile tests. He understands that the routine joint military exercises between the Republic of [South] Korea and the United States must continue. And he expressed his eagerness to meet President Trump as soon as possible.
President Trump appreciated the briefing and said he would meet Kim Jong-unby May to achieve permanent denuclearisation.
The Republic of Korea, along with the United States, Japan, and our many partners around the world remain fully and resolutely committed to the complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.
Along with President Trump, we are optimistic about continuing a diplomatic process to test the possibility of a peaceful resolution.
The Republic of Korea, the United States and our partners stand together in insisting that we not repeat the mistakes of the past, and that the pressure will continue until North Korea matches its words with concrete actions.
To say this was unexpected is a massive understatement. However, it makes all sorts of sense and the timing is not a coincidence. There ARE no coincidences in this arena.
What has happened is that this president uses economic leverage as well as any one ever has He understands the might of an unleashed US economy. There is no reason to fear China as an economic rival.
There is more than ample reason to engage it, though. That is exactly what is occurring. The tariffs are aimed directly at the Communist juggernaut. The media will tell you that only 3% of our steel comes from China but that's not true.
Those are direct shipments. Much more comes in through 'transshipments', which is products made with Chinese steel that come from other trading partners. These tariffs, 25% on steel and 10% on aluminum will hit the Chinese right where it hurts.
In their pocketbook. Then the threat of retaliation over theft of intellectual property was raised.
Only hours later the Chinese blinked and the North Korea news was announced. The faces of the CNN crowd was priceless; they wanted to really run with Stormy Daniels (her cleavage is worth a couple of rating points alone) but instead had to admit that Trump might have been right all along on 'rocket man' and his pals in Pyongyang.
They have now decided to go with 'Trump is falling into Kim's trap', when only weeks ago they decried him for threatening military action.
It's why they are being ignored, and it's driving them batty. While all this is going on Jeff Sessions is driving criminal illegals out of the country by taking on sanctuary cities. What might have been headlines is now page three material as a result.
This is the tapestry he and his core of advisors has woven. It is slowly enveloping the country, and it's changing the game.
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