This … seems like a prelude to something. Maybe the Georgia special election won’t end up being the biggest news tonight after all:
While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out. At least I know China tried!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 20, 2017
“I’m sure China gave 110 percent effort,” says David French, drily, of the president’s latest tweet. This afternoon the State Department issued a statement demanding the release of the three Americans still being held captive in North Korea. The Pentagon made a statement too:
The United States flew two supersonic bombers over the Korean Peninsula on Tuesday in a show of force against North Korea, South Korean officials said…
The U.S. military said the bombers conducted two separate drills with the Japanese and South Korean air forces. It said the flights demonstrated solidarity among South Korea, Japan and the United States “to defend against provocative and destabilizing actions in the Pacific theater.”
The first MOAB dropped should have “For Otto” written on the side. Spicer was asked at today’s briefing whether Trump’s quasi-invitation to meet with Kim Jong-un was still open even though Warmbier’s body isn’t yet cold. Not as much as it used to be, said Spicer, wisely.
Here’s Trump last January, a month before the Iowa caucuses, warning that if China didn’t solve its North Korea problem, the U.S. could and should launch a trade war on Beijing that would cause the country to “collapse in about two minutes.” In fairness, though, that was before China’s president gave him a 10-minute impromptu history lesson about the NorKs that apparently changed the president’s mind totally.