President Trump visited Singapore this month to start peace talks with the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong Un.
The purpose of this Presidential trip is to convince North Korea to denuclearize, however, Mr. Trump’s objectives were not fully met. Some have speculated that Mr. Trump created a problem and created the summit to make it look like he solved the problem and get enough support to win a Nobel Peace Prize.
Since Donald Trump became president, he has famously made American allies angry and American adversaries furious. So far, the Russian Federation has not had to deal with Trump’s wrath. During his speech at the United States, Mr. Trump called Kim Jong Un “rocket man” and at multiple times has instigated North Korea to do missile tests that could potentially reach the Western Coast of the United States. The world started to assume that the United States and North Korea might engage in nuclear war. The issue became so heightened that several states within the country were looking at establishing policies in case their state became a target for North Korea.
Before Mr. Trump’s unnecessary remarks towards North Korea, the United States and North Korea did not have diplomatic relations and they were not on the verge of nuclear war. Some would say that the United States and North Korea had a severed relationship because of the Korean War. Ever since Mr. Trump took office, the severed relationship showcased itself as a case of bad blood between two countries.
As the situation intensified, the Trump administration decided to hold the summit to start peace talks with North Korea. After months of deliberations and several rollercoasters like events, it was decided that Singapore would be an appropriate location for the two leaders to meet.
Many people held high hopes for this meeting because it was the first time an American President met with the leader of North Korea. The objective of this summit was to denuclearize North Korea, but that did not happen. North Korea was found demolishing a nuclear site, but many have speculated that the North Korean government did this to hide evidence from international media.
Instead of denuclearizing or even agreeing to not use nuclear missiles on other states, North Korea decided to open up a burger franchise in their country. This was perhaps done to please Mr. Trump who has been known to enjoy several burgers on a daily basis. Mr. Trump was also seen and heard asking photographers to take good pictures of him and Kim Jong Un that would make them look thin and nice. Clearly, Mr. Trump prioritized his looks over American national security.
The Trump administration has been trying to show the world that this summit was successful and that Mr. Trump’s actions are worthy of an award. However, this summit was not as successful as the administration is making it out to be. Mr. Trump did not meet his objectives, he instead gave North Korea an international stage to speak. North Korea is infamous for violating basic human rights and many countries have condemned the authoritarian country for their actions. This summit showed the world that the United States is willing to befriend a state that starves its population and kills anyone who tries to escape.
Mr. Trump also commented that he admired the way Kim Jong Un is treated by his people. During an interview with Fox and Friends, Mr. Trump said: “Hey, he’s the head of a country, and I mean, he’s the strong head — don’t let anyone think anything different…He speaks and his people sit up at attention. I want my people to do the same.”
It looks like Mr. Trump was busy admiring a dictator, while North Korea was able to keep their nuclear weapons.