Thank you, President Moon

American president can’t take credit for Korean relations


Shealah Craighead

President Donald J. Trump and President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea participate in joint statements on Friday, June 30, 2017, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, D.C.

Ethan Neal, Reporter

Do you recall last summer, when President Trump sat with his arms folded, gazing into the middle of nowhere, and uttered the message that, “fire and fury” was the appropriate response to handle the Northern regime?

Or how about his ongoing kindergarten attempts to try to personally destroy Kim Jeong-un, insult after insult? “Rocket man, short, fat, madman,” and “sick puppy” are all descriptions Trump has continued to reuse when speaking about Kim.

Now, President Trump is playing the fool, and said that he should be the leader credited for calming the North’s tensions, despite his unnecessary role as official Heckler of the United States.

On Jan. 4, Trump tweeted, “With all of the failed ‘experts’ weighing in, does anybody really believe that talks and dialogue would be going on between North and South Korea right now if I wasn’t firm, strong and willing to commit our total ‘might’ against the North. Fools, but talks are a good thing!”

The president can think that he’s strong-willed and intelligent by acting fierce toward another expressive leader, such as Kim. But in reality, president Trump has enacted little to no change with the North Koreans.

Who instead, time and time again has been mature enough to handle Northern relations calmly, not declaring to “push” a “big” button, or go through with something as destructive, like “fire and fury?” His name is Moon Jae-in, and he is the serving President of South Korea.

Moon’s tone to the nation across the border in contrast to that of Trump is engaging, and rather peaceful.

During his time as presidential candidate, Moon set out goals to push for dialogue with North Korea, with the positive idea to even reunify both the North and South.

As a presidential candidate, Trump failed to realize the importance of speaking one on on with North Korea. Instead, Trump insisted on calling Kim a “maniac,” and essentially blamed China for being too delicate with North Korea.

Since taking office in May of 2017 after the impeachment of former president and criminal, Park Geun-hye, president Moon has managed to start a fairly new, but improved and cordial, relationship with North Korea.

Politicians from both sides, North and South have met on multiple occasions to link connections, and lessen any sort of further divide.

In January, news that both Koreas would march under one unified flag sparked the conversation that this was finally the beginning of a willing and joyous time between the two neighbors.

That same month of January, Kim Jeong-un released a message of, “peaceful resolution with our southern border.”

In my view, I cannot comprehend president Trump’s nonsensical remarks, that he, is the savior in Korean relations.

Gracious and humble, president Moon credited Trump, with his “huge contributions” against North Korea, but if we’re being truthful to ourselves, where are these contributions from our president?

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