Now, let's move forward to yesterday:
Listen, I care very little about the fate of Otto Warmbier, an American student who appears to have been tortured to death in North Korea, but once again, it served as an occasion for Trump to publicly state his belief in the words of a murderous dictator over the united opinion of our intelligence services:
"I will take him at his word": President Trump says he believes Kim Jong Un didn't know what happened to Otto Warmbier, the American college student who was imprisoned in North Korea and died days after returning to the U.S. in a coma.
President Trump’s refusal to blame Kim Jong-un for the death of Otto Warmbier, an American student who died in 2017 after being imprisoned in North Korea, set off anger and sympathy for the young man’s family among political leaders in the United States on Thursday.
Before their summit meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam, ended abruptly, Mr. Trump said that he and Mr. Kim, the North Korean leader, had discussed Mr. Warmbier and that Mr. Kim felt “badly” about what happened to the American...Referring to Mr. Kim, Mr. Trump said, “He tells me that he didn’t know about it, and I will take him at his word.” He also said: “I don’t believe that he would have allowed that to happen, it just wasn’t to his advantage to allow that to happen."
The Hanoi summit meeting between Trump and Kim has now ended, with absolutely no progress on any front, except in so far as it provided more legitimacy to Kim's status on the world stage. Trump humiliatingly fled from the meeting, and from the country of Vietnam altogether, cancelling a planned joint statement and press conference, heading to his plane and hightailing it back to the United States. The World's Greatest Negotiator flew halfway around the world and got zero, except another massive humiliation from a cheap thug.
Maybe the luckiest thing that ever happened to this pathetic criminal is that his gigantic failure at the hands of a 32 year old ignorant jerk came on a day that was devoted to evidence that the aforementioned President is nothing but a corrupt con man of the lowest type; I cannot remember a President of the United States ever having a summit meeting go so badly.
Unfortunately, when it comes to Republicans, enough is never enough if they are getting what their rich donors want, so the combination of foreign policy collapse and domestic criminality, which in the first two and a half centuries of our country's existence would have resulted in the immediate removal of this guy from the White House to the big house, will mean nothing to them. They will deny his incompetence and moral bankruptcy to their dying days, because they are, every single one of them, as bad as he is.