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- In the immediate aftermath of Kim Jong Un reportedly expressing a willingness to submit to talks with the US under the precondition of denuclearizing his country, President Donald Trump tweeted “we’ll see what happens.”
- North Korea agreeing to talk to the US about getting rid of its nuclear weapons could be seen as a big win for Trump, but he hasn’t yet approached it that way.
In the immediate aftermath of North and South Korea announcing historic agreements and Kim Jong Un reportedly expressing a willingness to submit to talks with the US under the precondition of denuclearizing his country, President Donald Trump’s first comment was “we’ll see what happens.”
Trump has made North Korea a main foreign policy focus during his presidency, but on Tuesday morning after the bombshell news out of historic bilateral talks between North and South Korea, he wasn’t tweeting about the breakthrough at first.
In his first tweet of Thursday morning, Trump addressed reports of chaos and high turnover in the White House, defending himself by calling it “Fake News” and saying: “There is no Chaos, only great Energy!”
In another tweet moments later, he called on Democrats to act on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals legislation, or DACA, something he frequently accuses them of dragging their feet on.
Two minutes later, he retweeted a Drudge Report headline saying that the US would soon become the world’s largest oil producer, “We are getting it done – jobs and security!” Trump tweeted.
Finally, Trump addressed the talks in Korea by retweeting a day-old story that only announced the talks were going on, not the monumental results they achieved.
“We will see what happens!” Trump tweeted, including a link to the talks, which had already taken place and produced considerable news.
Kim Jong Un’s reported decision to bend to the US’s will that he discuss denuclearizing could be seen as a win for Trump, who has pushed international sanctions and put unprecedented military pressure on Pyongyang.
Though Trump is usually quick to grab on to positive news coverage, he appeared to be cautious on Tuesday, or out of the loop.
It remains to be seen if North Korea is sincere in its desire for peace and reunification with the South, but so far Kim has indicated a willingness to sit down with Trump, something Trump has also expressed interest in.