This may ultimately go down as the greatest week (so far?) in Trump’s presidency. Not only did he make good on his longstanding promise to get the United States out of the disastrous nuclear agreement with Iran, the administration just announced that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo successfully negotiated the release of three American prisoners from North Korea.
If it seems like Trump’s enemies are suddenly going into overdrive in an effort to end this presidency prematurely, you don’t have to wonder why. This is a president who has come into his own, and he is breaking down walls that we’ve been told for years were unbreakable. It is not an exaggeration to say he’s well on his way to cementing his status as one of the greatest presidents of all time, so it’s no surprise that the counter-revolutionaries (the Establishment) are more determined than ever to remove him from office.
But while the #Resistance is busy concerning themselves with Michael Avenatti, Michael Cohen, Stormy Daniels, and mysterious Russian oligarchs, the rest of America is marveling at the speed with which President Trump is making headway with North Korea.
“I am pleased to inform you that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in the air and on his way back from North Korea with the 3 wonderful gentlemen that everyone is looking so forward to meeting,” Trump tweeted on Wednesday. “They seem to be in good health. Also, good meeting with Kim Jong Un. Date & Place set.”
In a statement, the White House said the president “appreciates leader Kim Jong Un’s action to release these American citizens, and views this as a positive gesture of goodwill.”
The Americans are all ethnic Koreans who were living and working in North Korea at the time of their arrest for “hostile acts” against the Kim regime. They are Kim Dong Chul, Tony Kim, and Kim Hak Song.
This was the kind of strong diplomacy missing from the Obama administration, and it is having effects that the global establishment dared not to dream of. It still remains to be seen if Trump can truly corner Kim Jong Un into giving up his nuclear weapons, but the U.S. is closer to that goal today than we’ve been in a generation. House Republicans and South Korea’s president have both suggested that Trump deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts. If Trump can close this deal, few reasonable observers could disagree.
Though we imagine they still will.