U.N. Nuclear Watchdog Confirms Trump’s Critics Were Right

At a time when a lot of us were skeptical about the president’s meeting with Kim Jong-un, some seasoned reporters like Jeff Greenfield were ready to jump on the bandwagon to give Trump a win. They wondered whether or not the president’s critics would be able to give him credit if he managed to score one.

It’s not hard to see why the president’s most zealous critics see him as they do…But that feeling is all the more reason to retain a sense of perspective; to be able to consider seriously the proposition that this misbegotten president has somehow achieved an honest-to-God diplomatic success…If the possibility of a peaceful Korea becomes reality, let’s just let him have this one triumph.

When Trump returned from the meeting with an agreement that was nothing but platitudes, he claimed triumph and told us that the threat from North Korea was over.

I hate to say “I told you so,” but I told you so.

The U.N. nuclear watchdog said it did not find any indication that North Korea had stopped its nuclear activities, adding to doubts about the country’s willingness to abandon its arsenal.

“The continuation and further development of the DPRK’s nuclear program and related statements by the DPRK are a cause for grave concern,” the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in a report published late on Monday…

U.S. President Donald Trump said in an interview with Reuters on Monday he believed North Korea had taken specific steps toward denuclearization and that he would “most likely” meet again with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

None of us take any pleasure in the fact that North Korea continues to pose a nuclear threat to the world. But this president is both incompetent and delusional. He is the one who initially ramped up the rhetoric with Kim Jong-un and then pretended like he had solved a problem that he doesn’t even begin to understand. For anyone who was actually paying attention, there was very good reason to be skeptical of the outcome all along.

Will people like Jeff Greenfield now be willing to give us credit for getting this one right? I doubt it. Perhaps the best we can hope for is that they learn from their mistakes and stop their desperate search for a positive accomplishment from a president who is monumentally unfit for office.

Nancy LeTourneau

Nancy LeTourneau is a contributing writer for the Washington Monthly. Follow her on Twitter @Smartypants60 .