Trump Is Betting on North Korean Dictator to Suddenly "Do the Right Thing"

A man watches a television screen showing President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a news program at the Seoul Train Station in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017. President Donald Trump issued a new threat to North Korea on Thursday, demanding that Kim Jong Un's government "get their act together" or face extraordinary trouble. He said his previous "fire and fury" warning to Pyongyang might have been too mild. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

This is why you don’t let potentially compromised reality TV goofs run national policy. They can be taken in by anything.

In his desire to be seen as a statesman, President Trump is showing a breathtaking level of naivete.

In several Wednesday morning tweets, Trump discussed his eagerness to meet with North Korea’s dictator, Kim Jong Un.

Who really believes Trump has put a lot of thought into this, beyond how it will play out in the press?

For years, U.S. presidents have refused to meet with the leaders of North Korea because none wanted to give the dictatorship the appearance of legitimacy. On this front, Trump has already been out-maneuvered by Kim.

Trump sees himself being hailed as the world’s greatest diplomat – a historical presidency that results in quelling the nuclear ambitions of a rogue regime.

The reality is that it is very unlikely that North Korea will disarm, and Kim gets the PR win by showing that his power has been able to drag a sitting U.S. president to his level, as equals.

Also, Trump puts far too much trust in China’s Xi Jinping.

China has far more at stake in keeping Kim in hand. I don’t believe he has the kind of affection for Trump that Trump seems to think he has.

First of all, why the random capitalization?

Second of all, it’s a good move to continue with the sanctions. At the very least, demand some action on North Korea’s part that shows intent to do what they’ve suggested.

I have no expectations of success or sanity in this upcoming meeting. It won’t be what Trump and his supporters are imagining, where Kim kisses Trump’s ring, gives up his nuclear program, and a new era of peace is heralded in.

The best we can hope for is to avoid any potential international incident.