President Trump did what other Presidents only talked about when he became the first sitting President to cross the Demilitarized Zone between South and North Korea.
After roughly taking 18 steps the two men walked back to the DMZ, shook hands, and reporters on the South Korean side couldn’t wait to hear what President Trump had to say about the meeting.
Trump told reporters he and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un had agreed to restart negotiations hoping to broker a denuclearization of the peninsula.
Denuclearization has been an elusive and long-sought-after goal of American diplomats and Presidents for almost 70 years. What we know was said between the two is that the President invited Kim to the White House to continue talks, leaving Un to respond through an interpreter, “I never expected to meet you in this place.”
Few expected the mainstream media or Democrats to be impressed, but the visceral reaction of some in the media—the animis from progressives, and top Democrats was shocking.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called Trump’s meeting with Un “one of the worst few days in American foreign policy.”
To its credit, CBS provided relatively fair, balanced, and lengthy coverage of the historic event. CBS reporter Caroline Moon reported what South Korean President Moon Jae-in had to say about the meeting.
Moon said, “The security area is being transformed from a symbol of hostility to a symbol of peace… the very person that has brought this change has been President Trump.”
The mainstream media networks showed first what they thought of Trump’s efforts in relation to North Korea during the February summit with the time they gave to it.
CNN and MSNBC all but buried the Trump – Kim summit in February and gave almost all of its time to the marathon hearing on Capitol Hill with former Trump attorney Michael Cohen.
The night of the February summit CNN spent 141 minutes on Cohen and less than two minutes on Trump’s meeting with Kim, MSNBC gave 132 minutes to the Cohen show on the Hill and less than 2 minutes to the summit. Fox, by contrast, devoted 66 minutes to Cohen and 85 minutes to the summit.
Sean Hannity of Fox devoted his entire hour to talking about the visit. He got an exclusive interview with President Trump. Meanwhile, back at MSNBC and CNN, Chris O’Donnell and Don Lemon didn’t mention the summit at all.
But it was MSNBC’s token #NeverTrumper Elise Jordan who showed this week how much disdain the mainstream media has for Donald Trump.
During a panel discussion on Monday’s Morning Joe several panelists had relatively measured takes on the meeting at the DMZ. Richard Haass of the Council of Foreign Relations and David Ignatius of the Washington Post offered the handshake might lead to more productive meetings.
Former Obama aide Jeremy Bash took a harsher turn when he called the meeting “symbolism over substance.”
Mark Einkelstein of NewsBusters observed, “It’s said that nothing tops the passion of a convert. And so it is that if you want pure, unalloyed, burning Trump-hatred, you can’t beat that delivered by MSNBC “Republicans” like [Elise] Jordan, Nicolle Wallace, and Joe Scarborough.
Jordan proved Einkelstein’s point when Wallace asked what she thought of the historic meeting. She said, “It makes me want to puke. Just my visceral reaction as an American who cares about democracy and human rights, the fact that Donald Trump is going out of his way to kiss up just to this monster, instead of actually projecting strength … I don’t understand what we’ve gotten except diminished our own standing in the world.”
Seems like Wallace might have a touch of Trump Derangement Syndrome.
Other MSNBC talking heads paved the way for Jordan with their commentaries on a panel the day after the summit.
Host Nicolle Wallace opened the segment with snarky commentary that described President Trump as “awash in the afterglow of his firstness.”
Former CNN Foreign Affairs Journalist Elise Labott claimed that “Kim Jong-un has played President Trump beautifully. He knows exactly how to get what he wants from the President…all Kim Jong-un has to do is show up and say nice things.”
Wallace was quick to agree with Labott that Trump’s meeting was nothing more than a “diplomatic booty call” that “really doesn’t take the relationship forward.”
It seems none of them saw that Mexico has stemmed the flow of immigrants before they reach our southern border. Or that El Salvador’s President just called Trump to take the blame for the deaths of two illegals.
What makes conservatives “want to puke” is a failed Bush-era bureaucrat like Elise Jordan posing as a “reasonable” Republican on a Trump hating network like MSNBC.