‘Spur of the moment’ Trump on North Korean meeting

Donald Trump has been all over the place leading up to the meeting with North Korean leader Kim Yong-un in Singapore shortly. He now seems to be playing down expectations, and shows that he seems to be winging it.

Reuters: Any agreement with North Korea will be ‘spur of the moment’: Trump

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday any agreement with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at next week’s summit would be “spur of the moment,” underscoring the uncertain outcome of what he called a “mission of peace.”

“I have a clear objective, but I have to say – it’s going to be something that will always be spur of the moment,” Trump told reporters at a news conference at the G7 summit in Quebec.

That seems like a bit of a contradiction.

“You don’t know. This has not been done before at this level.”

The main issue for the June 12 summit in Singapore, which he departed for before the end of the G7 meeting, is the U.S. demand for North Korea to abandon a nuclear weapons program that now threatens the United States.

Trump said it would probably take time to reach an agreement with Kim on denuclearization, but at a minimum he believed the summit could produce a “relationship” between the United States and North Korea, which do not have diplomatic ties.

It would be remarkable if Trump and Kim made significant progress at the meeting towards a lasting solution on Korea.

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11 Comments

  1. Trevors_Elbow

     /  June 10, 2018

    Siggghhh… Do ever, ever think Trump knows a little bit about negotiation and hiding his position? That he uses confusion and contradiction to mask his strategy?

    No you never do? Open your mind – he may just be a bit smarter than you think at this negotiation thing…. North Korea have ACTUALLY come to the table to talk and when did that last happen….

    And I’ll say it again – I don’t like the guy but the endless, mindless, continuous disparagement of him as a person (‘little hands’, ‘Orange Atun’, etc etc) and the constant statements he is clueless just reveals a lot about the sniping commentators biases and disappointments at Hilary losing…. its funny how most of the haters seem to be from the Left – the Left who constantly bang on about bullying is bad, if you say this your a that… and they are all attempting pile on’s on to Trump on line and in print and in broadcast medias… ALL.THE.TIME… There is a word about saying one thing and doing the opposite, I think it applies strongly to the Anti-Trump scrum

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    • MaureenW

       /  June 10, 2018

      Bill Maher is hoping for a recession (that will get rid of Trump). So much for 500 days of bleating about Russians.
      https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/bill-maher-is-hoping-for-an-economic-collapse-so-he-can-get-rid-of-trump-sorry-if-that-hurts-people

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    • artcroft

       /  June 10, 2018

      Speaking of healthcare, Trump said “​I am going to take care of everybody. I don’t care if it costs me votes or not,” and he didn’t even try. He promised a wall between the US and Mexico, ten feet tall. Not gonna happen.
      So what am I to expect of this new initiative with NK? To create success Trump will agree to almost anything that can be sold as BIG, cos that’s his schtick, or pull the plug on the whole deal before it happens and blame Kim. I’m picking Trump agrees to joint military exercises with NK.

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      • Corky

         /  June 10, 2018

        Arty, I think your sights may need adjusting. The wall is going ahead. As for the Kim meeting, nothing will happen. It will just break the ice. That’s all most would expect, in my opinion

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        • artcroft

           /  June 10, 2018

          A break the ice would be what I expect from Bush or Obama. Trump doesn’t do that he’ll want something more wacky. Something he can sell as TRUMP.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  June 10, 2018

            He showed photos of the wall being built…alas, these were recognised as being from 2009 .

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  2. Corky

     /  June 10, 2018

    ”He now seems to be playing down expectations, and shows that he seems to be winging it.”

    I think to be fair ,Pete, a novel meeting of this magnitude will have everyone winging it.

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  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  June 10, 2018

    I relate to Trump’s spur of the moment. I believe in going into meetings well informed but with an open mind ready to pick up opportunities and ride them. That is the way things happen – not by going in with a fixed agenda.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  June 10, 2018

      You are not the US President whose spur of the moment grasshopper mentality affects the lives of so many other people.None of your decisions could lead to nuclear bombs being launched.

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  4. Zedd

     /  June 10, 2018

    the big question; ‘Is peace on the Korea peninsula’ really Mr Ts priority OR perhaps the whispers he could ‘win the Nobel peace prize’ top of his real agenda ?

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