Trump Kim Summit

Summit Fail


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When Donald Trump announced at the State of the Union that there would be a second summit with North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong Un, the big question, which many people overlooked, was, “why?”.

Now we know. Apparently, it was to prove that piece of paper both men had signed at the first summit in Singapore was worthless, empty, and total garbage. Trump claimed it had solved the crisis with North Korea and they were no longer a threat to us, South Korea, or Japan.

For North Korea, the summit was to gain more legitimacy in the world’s view and to receive relief of sanctions. Donald Trump walked away from the summit with nothing. They didn’t even have their planned dinner that evening. Maybe he should have flown in some hamberders.

North Korea walked away without receiving any concessions, but they did gain prominence. Trump came off looking confused and in Kim’s shadow. Kim came off looking in control and on an equal footing with an American president. Of course, that American president is Donald Trump and not a Barack Obama or George W. Bush, but he’ll take what he can get. Trump rarely looked comfortable and Kim seemed at ease. Frankly, I’m shocked Kim didn’t push him into the swimming pool they were walking by.

Those of us who are not members of the Trump Kool-aid-guzzling cult already knew Trump is not a negotiator. He negotiated his way down with Nancy Pelosi over the border wall. I’m not in the business of doing a lot of negotiations, but I know that when you start with a number the opposition is offering, that you don’t walk away with less. Watching Trump negotiate makes me think I need to get into real estate because there’s gotta be a lot of stupid people in that industry if it has made someone as stupid as Donald Trump a billionaire.

Trump even gave Kim Jong Un a waiver of innocence in the death of Otto Warmbier, the American college student the North Koreans held for leverage and returned to us in a coma a few days before he died from brain injuries they inflicted upon him. In exchange, Trump didn’t even get a “no collusion” from Kim or even a, “I trust him when he says he didn’t sleep with that porn star.”

The Trump team claim North Korea wanted all sanctions removed in exchange for very little. The North Koreans held a press conference, which is new for a country that doesn’t have an actual press, and said they asked for sanctions to be lifted only on sanctions that “impede the civilian economy and the people’s livelihood,” In exchange, they would shut down the North’s main nuclear complex, and offered in writing a permanent halt to the nation’s nuclear and intercontinental ballistic missile tests. They wanted a lifting of bans on everything from trade in metals, raw materials, luxury goods, seafood, coal exports, refined petroleum imports, raw petroleum imports, but not on armaments.

The new normal in the Trump era is when two different versions come out from the governments of the United States and North Korea, who do you believe? North Korea has always lied and broken their promises. They have never made a deal with the United States they didn’t break. They lie to their people about their own reality and the state of their nation. But, our government’s message is from Donald Trump. So who’s telling the truth?

Here’s the new normal; North Korea told the truth and our president lied. Ugh. The State Department clarified the U.S.’ position on the rejected deal and it squares with what the North Koreans claim. Michael Cohen says you can’t trust Trump, and there’s nobody better to prove his point than Trump.

Now, the Vice Foreign Minister of North Korea, Choe Sun Hui said Trump’s reaction puzzled Kim and added that Kim “may have lost his will to continue North Korea-U.S. dealings.”

So, when are we going to lose our will of continuing to support and buy the lies of Donald Trump? How much longer will this nation accept the abject failure of a human being that is Donald Trump occupying our presidency?

They say it takes one to know one. Kim Jong Un has met with Trump twice and he knows what he is and is giving up on him.

You can’t trust the North Koreans, which Trump says he does. You also can’t trust Trump.

Creative note: I had eight ideas to choose from and drew roughs for each one. Why so many? I’m drawing for CNN today, and I think it’s safe to make that public now. So, I sent them nine ideas from which they chose one. This cartoon was chosen from the remaining eight and I had a couple of friends (Hi, Hilary and Quannah) help me select which one I should draw for you. I really liked a few of the others and I plan to draw at least one of them for Saturday. I’ll show you the other roughs on Sunday when CNN publishes the one they chose.

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No Smoocho For Maduro


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Venezuela’s foreign minister on Wednesday called for direct talks between President Nicolas Maduro and Donald Trump, to help ease the crisis gripping his country.

Of course, they shouldn’t talk. No American president should conduct a photo-op and give legitimacy to a tyrannical despot. But, our current president loves despots and is a huge fan of tyranny and chaos. He’s heaped praise on faux presidents like Vladimir Putin, Recep Erdogan, Rodrigo Duterte, and Xi Jinping. He has defended Saudi Arabia’s Muhammad Bin Salman, who ordered a murder (and ever did a sword dance with his daddy). And is at this moment, Trump is engaged in a face-to-face lovefest with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un.

Trump says he and Kim “fell in love.” He says he trusts Kim. He says they have “good chemistry.” He calls Kim his friend. But, he should be falling in love with Maduro.

Maduro is starving his people and rejecting foreign aid. Kim starves his people in order to finance his military and nuclear program.

Maduro is in power from a sham election, aided by his corrupt judiciary. Donald Trump is president because of help from Russia and now attacks the American judiciary. Kim is in power, for life, because his father placed him there, which is the same reason Ivanka Trump has a job in the White House.

Maduro has accused the U.S. of fabricating a crisis, and not the Trump fabricated crisis at the border. Kim is a nuclear crisis, Yet Trump won’t recognize over the objections of his own government.

On Monday, after being asked a question he didn’t like by Univision’s Jorge Ramos, Maduro detained him and his crew for several hours. This is the same Jorge Ramos Donald Trump once had thrown out of a press conference for asking a question he didn’t like. Ramos showed Maduro video proof that his people were eating out of trash dumpsters, which Maduro has denied. No word yet if Maduro called Ramos “fake news.”

Maduro’s allies aid him by attacking his opponents. The night before Michael Cohen was to testify before Congress, Republican Matt Gaetz threatened him on Twitter, which is an incident of a Congressman and lawyer committing witness intimidation (proving that there is actually a lawyer dumber than Michael Cohen).

Trump and Republicans claim socialism in our nation will turn us into Venezuela because socialism doesn’t work. Yet, for some reason, communism is great for an economy, as Trump says Vietnam’s is “thriving” and so will North Korea’s. At the very least, a Republican has finally recognized that communism and socialism is not the same thing.

Maduro has done everything right to earn some Trump love, yet he doesn’t receive any. Perhaps if he had a nuclear weapon or two, he’d get a Trump love summit. Maybe he can do better as he has the one thing Trump fears more than nukes. He has brown people.

The number of U.S. residents who identified as Venezuelan increased between 2000 and 2010, from 91,507 to 215,023. In 2015, it was estimated that about 260,000 Venezuelans had emigrated to the United States (Trump gets upset with a caravan of 3,000). The Bolivarian Diaspora is the largest refugee crisis ever recorded in the Americas (if you’re a Republican, the “Americas” refers to the nations of the two continents, North and South America). Millions of Venezuelans have fled their country during the presidencies of Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro.

While Venezuelans have immigrated to Columbia, Argentina, Spain, and other nations in South America and the Carribean, the United States may be the most popular destination. Venezuelans who have immigrated to the U.S. and asked for asylum did not cross our southern border illegally. How do I know this? Because they asked for asylum. The reality is, most of those who have fled the nation are in the higher income bracket, so they flew here. But soon, the poorest of the poor will start coming here, and a U.S. invasion, or any other form of meddling, will make it worse.

Maduro is out of luck because he doesn’t have a bomb and is a tyrant in the wrong nation on the wrong continent. He’s not going to get a lovefest, photo-op, dinner cruise, prom date, or a sword dance. And that’s just too bad because he’s exactly Trump’s type.

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A Summit For Mutts


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There are two certainties of the second summit with North Korea. Kim Jong Un will win the Dinner For Schmucks contest and Donald Trump will not bring up human rights abuses to the dictator.

North Korea’s dictator solidifies his power internationally by developing nuclear weapons, and internally by mass purges and executions. A study by a Seoul-based North Korean Strategy Center, led by a North Korean defector, says the communist regime has purged 421 people since Kim Jong Un came to power in 2011. They collected accounts by 14 North Korean elite group defectors, six North Korean officials in China, and five other defectors who witnessed executions. These accounts are just from people who have escaped North Korea, so the number of killed is surely higher than 421.

Kim had his brother murdered by poison in a Malaysian airport. One defecting witness says Kim executed eleven musicians with anti-aircraft guns in front of a crowd of 10,000 people in a stadium (this is why Nickelback never does North Korea stadium tours). He has killed senior officers in his own government, military and the ruling Korean Worker’s Party. He killed one for having a “bad attitude” and another for slouching in a meeting.

Former presidents condemned Kim’s brutal behavior. Our current president says he and Kim see “eye to eye.”

Like Kim, Trump doesn’t like anyone, not just challenging his authority, but challenging him in any manner whatsoever. After Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said it’s unlikely that North Korea will give up its nuclear weapons, Trump had a hissy fit, and office pools were created on how much longer Coats will last in the administration.

Why wouldn’t Trump want to copy the way Kim deals with his critics, rivals and, perceived threats? He already copies his style of propaganda. Trump lies about the weather. His natural orangeness comes from good genes. He’s 6 foot three. The White House manipulates his photos so his waist is slimmer and his hands are larger. He’s even speculated on the presidency being a lifetime job.

Trump has warned there could be violence if he’s impeached (which is telling his supporters to start something if he’s impeached). He wants news outlets regulated so they don’t report his lies. He wondered aloud why there isn’t retribution for the way he’s treated by Alec Baldwin’s impersonation on Saturday Night Live. He’s floated innuendoes about how his former attorney/fixer Michael Cohen’s family might be punished if he testifies before Congress. What’s his attitude going to be like when he comes back from a love summit with Kim Jong Un?

Trump doesn’t like dogs, probably because dogs don’t like assholes and phonies (dogs are smarter and have better senses than his sycophants). But after hearing that Kim Jong Un has conducted executions by having dogs rip the victims apart, Trump might reconsider.

Most people would rather hang out with dogs than the likes of Donald Trump. Donald Trump would rather hang out with a dictator.

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Fun With Dictators


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Come to Sandals on the beautiful coastline of North Korea. There’s no Wi-Fi. You will be closely monitored and tailed by government officials at all times. You will not be allowed to leave the resort or talk to the locals. If you touch anything, you may be relocated permanently to a different kind of resort. You may return home in a coma. Bring the kids!

Donald Trump’s main takeaway from seeing images of North Korea are the real estate opportunities. Just imagine all the golf resorts on those pristine beaches. Maybe we can set up Carnival cruises. Trump said, “They have great beaches. You see that whenever they’re exploding their cannons into the ocean. I said, ‘Boy, look at that view. Wouldn’t that make a great condo?’ You could have the best hotels in the world right there. Think of it from a real-estate perspective.” Trump needs to start thinking from a presidential perspective.

Trump really liked the North Korean dictator. He liked Kimmy so much, that he canceled military exercises with South Korea, without telling South Korea or even the Pentagon. He didn’t even give Kim Jong Un his patented grip-and-pull-I-have-a-bigger-button handshake.

While Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is “weak,” and “dishonest,” Kim Jong Un is a “funny guy.” He loves his people, and they love him back with “great fervor.” He’s a very “talented guy” with a “great personality” and a “great negotiator.” What about all the people Kim has thrown into gulags? Trump isn’t too worried about them as he says they’re the “great winners” of the summit. The word “great” was tossed around a lot.

Maybe Kim is a funny guy. He often tells this joke: Knock knock. Who’s there? Just kidding. They’re not going to knock when they come to throw you into a gulag.

Trump tweeted about the advice President Obama gave him on North Korea being our biggest problem. Trump says “no more” and “sleep well tonight.”

Trump even made a propaganda video for North Korea. Seriously. It was so good; reporters thought it was made by North Korea. After asking a question during the summit, Trump’s 2020 campaign manager advocated for CNN’s Jim Acosta’s press credentials to be revoked, which is something they’d do in North Korea…and with a firing squad.

Trump showed Kim the propaganda video on an iPad, which made North Koreans ask, “what’s an iPad?”

Kim Jong Un is about as talented and funny as Trump is a deal maker. Kim has no interest in building golf resorts. He’s not interested in improving the lives of his people. He’s a dictator. His main priority is clinging to power through appeasing his military, killing off anyone who is a threat, and manipulating the citizens of his nation. This is a man who had his own brother and uncle killed. Some people have been sentenced to death by being ripped apart by dogs, which means the dogs are eating better than the citizens of North Korea.

Kim Jong Un is paranoid. He was afraid leaving his country for the summit would invite a coup. He even traveled with his own toilet so nobody unauthorized would handle his poo, despite the fact, his people have been brainwashed to believe he doesn’t poo (so who’s going to look for his poo if he doesn’t poo?). Right now, there’s an official poo handler in North Korea wishing to be ripped apart by dogs.

Trump said if he’s wrong about Kim Jong Un and North Korea and it doesn’t work out, he won’t admit he’s wrong, but he’ll find an excuse to lie about it. Maybe, say the summit never happened, or that Obama made him go, or blame Canada. His sycophants will buy any of those reasons because they are more gaslighted than Kim’s supporters. But, in defense of North Koreans, they don’t have access to information.

Otto Warmbier was a student at the University of Virginia. He went to North Korea, was abducted, and Kim sent him back to us in a coma shortly before he died. Trump said Warmbier did not die in vain.

If you doubt that, then you must have missed the part about beach resorts.

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American Beaches


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The summit in Singapore between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un was truly historic. It was the first time an American president legitimized the dictatorial regime of North Korea.

Atlantic writer Jeffrey Goldberg has been searching out the Trump doctrine on foreign policy. After talking to administration officials over several weeks, he finally got one from a White House official with direct access to Trump. It’s “we’re America, bitch.”

That sort of attitude invigorates the testosterone-fueled, alpha-male wannabe Trump sycophants who want to see America mark its territory over friends and foes alike. Former White House official and white supremacists Sebastian Gorka famously said before it was discovered he was an international fugitive, “the era of the pajama boy is over.”

This new era without pajamas has given us a leader who agreed to sit down with a dictator without any preconditions, or consultations with anyone who knows anything about the region being discussed. It just felt good to him. Meeting Hitler probably felt good to Chamberlain too.

Trump told us he didn’t need to prepare for his meeting and his actions display he didn’t prepare at all. He agreed to meet with Kim Jong Un for their first meeting without anyone else in the room except translators. Immediately, he put himself at a disadvantage as Kim can speak English and Trump is still struggling with the language.

During the meeting, he tried to sell Kim the idea of building hotels on North Korean beaches. This is a dictator who refuses to give his people internet access. He’s going to build beach resorts?

Trump says his entire life has been about making deals, and apparently, the art of the deal is getting someone to agree to something they’ve already agreed to. Trump and Kim signed an agreement that Kim had already covered with the president of South Korea. Trump wanted to unveil the details later, but his shtick of showing off his signature gave photographers with zoom lenses the opportunity to see the four conditions on the one-page document.

The agreement said both countries would play nice, the U.S. would provide security guarantees, Kim would destroy a missile facility (just one), they would work on returning the remains of POWs and MIAs, and that Kim reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula. This is a weaker agreement than past agreements the North Koreans never kept. This agreement is so weak, they don’t even have to violate it. They can just ignore it. They got the photo-op.

There was no agreement on human rights. No word on Japanese citizens North Koreans kidnapped. Nothing about North Korea hacking American businesses. But, Trump said he’s suspending war games with South Korea, and he desires to withdraw all U.S. forces from the Korean peninsula. Trump did not consult or give a heads up on any of this with South Korea. This is what happens when you don’t prepare.

Trump described Kim as “talented.” He said he developed a “special bond” with Kim, and on people in forced labor camps, Trump said they’re “one of the great winners” of this summit. Did I mention he didn’t prepare? If the people in North Korean gulags had internet access, they could keep the “winning” in mind while eating dirt and cabbage tomorrow.

The one detail that can’t be overlooked is it doesn’t matter what was in the agreement. North Korea breaks promises and so does Donald Trump. While Trump and Fox News sycophants can crow and cheer his handshake with Kim, you have to gauge the “deal” on whom they dealt with.

Donald Trump signed an agreement with a dictator, a man who has murdered hundreds, including members of his own family. This is a regime that enslaves and starves their own people. There is no free press in North Korea. This cartoon and blog will not be read by anyone in the DPRK. Kim Jong Un is still a mystery to the world, but he’s built a cult of personality that Donald Trump can only dream of unless his followers have started to believe he can talk to dolphins and doesn’t poo. Trust me. He poos and dolphins don’t want to talk to him.

Trump left Singapore saying he trusts Kim Jong Un. Trump has given his trust to a dictator, legitimized a murderous, communist regime, and ended military exercises that the DPRK wanted to be gone.

By his not preparing, Donald Trump made himself Kim Jong Un’s bitch.

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Nobel Nonsense


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In 2009, the Nobel Committee awarded their prize to Barack Obama. It was thought that it was a preemptive award encouraging him to scale down America’s militaristic foreign policy. In reality, it was given to him because he wasn’t George W. Bush, a man who started a war on false pretenses. It makes me wonder what sort of grand prize will be given to the Democrat who follows Trump?

Republicans and other sycophants are clamoring for Donald Trump to receive the Nobel Peace Prize because North Korea wants to chat. It sounds crazy, right? Should a man who threatens nuclear war, wants to dismantle a treaty that ended Iran’s nuclear program, and has praised Nazis be awarded a peace prize? If you look at past recipients, crazy isn’t new to the Nobel Committee.

Aung San Suu Kyi won the award in 1991 and today she denies the genocide taking place in Myanmar which has led to an exodus of over 400,000 Rohingya Muslims. Her defense is basically, there are good and bad people on both sides. Crap, that sounds familiar.

Cordell Hull won the Nobel AFTER he led a revolt of Southern Democrats opposed to allowing Jewish refugees asylum in the United States. It was because of his pressure that Franklin Delano Roosevelt wouldn’t let them off their boat and shipped them back into the waiting arms of Hitler’s holocaust.

Did you know they gave a Nobel in medicine to the asshole who invented the frontal lobotomy? Did you know that Mahatma Gandhi does NOT have a Nobel?

Sometimes the people who give awards forget what the award is supposed to be for. A couple weeks ago, the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning went to two guys, neither of whom are editorial cartoonists and one of them doesn’t even draw. Go figure. But I’m not bitter.

Last week at a rally in Michigan (Michael the Black Man was there in his usual spot behind Trump’s podium), the crowd chanted “Nobel, Nobel, Nobel.” These are the same jerks upset that we signed a treaty with Iran ending their nuclear program, that to this day Iran has not violated, and they no longer have a nuclear program. Trump wants to end this. But, these people love the idea of giving Trump a prize in peace because Kim Jong Un wants to chit-chat.

Remember how Obama and John Kerry were derided for the deal with Iran? They said we can’t trust Iran. But, for some reason, we can trust North Korea who has broken many promises and treaties in the past. Hell, Trump called Kim “honorable” last week. This is a man who had his uncle shot and his brother murdered on foreign soil. He’ll probably end up sharing the Nobel with Trump.

Let that sink in. Sharing a Nobel with Kim Jong Un. Is it really a grand achievement to share an award with a man who starves his nation, threatens war on a daily basis, sends dissenters to gulags, and murders his family? That’d be like sharing it with a wannabe fascist who uses his Justice Department to prosecute his enemies and wants to destroy the free press.

If they want to give Trump a Nobel, they better hurry while there’s still space on his wall for false achievements. He’s claimed credit for Obama’s economy, so maybe he can claim Obama’s Nobel.

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