We could be witnessing one of those moments that gets recorded in the history books and is then inexorably tied to one name, or another. The progress that the Trump administration has made in their efforts to bring peace to the Korean peninsula is admirable, but it could be historic.
Can you imagine how the world might remember the Trump era, if he is credited with bringing an end to the long-running Korean War?
Early Thursday morning, the next step in that journey of hope took place when North Korea finally released 3 innocent Americans that they had been holding hostage. The trio arrived home at 3 am and President Trump was there to greet them.
Here’s what President Trump said in celebration:
“Special night, really great people… My proudest achievement will be, this is a part of it, but will be when we denuclearize that entire peninsula. This is what people have been waiting for for a long time. Nobody thought we could be on this track in terms of speed. So, I’m very honored to have helped the three folks. They’re great people. You know, I got to speak to them on the plane. These are great people, they’ve been through a lot, but it’s a great honor. But the true honor is going to be if we have a victory in getting rid of the nuclear weapons.”
The President acknowledged how important this moment was, but also said that he hoped even bigger things would be on the horizon:
“We’re starting off on a new footing. This is a wonderful thing that [Kim Jong-un] released the folks early, that’s a big thing. Very important to me. And I really think we have a very good chance of doing something very meaningful and if anybody would have said that 5 years ago, 10 years ago, even a year ago, you would have said that’s not possible…
We are going to have a success. I think this is going to be a very big success. It’s never been taken this far. There’s never been a relationship like this and we’re starting from here but I really think a lot of progress has been made and we’ll see what happens. We’re talking about a few weeks, many of you will be with us. But some great things are going to happen and that is what we hope for.”
BREAKING: President Donald Trump personally welcomes back three Americans as they arrive at a military base outside Washington after their release from North Korea https://t.co/Io4r80IUmZ pic.twitter.com/efqzFbgx27
— CNN (@CNN) May 10, 2018
CNN could be heard calling this the greatest foreign policy achievement of the Trump era, but also adding that the situation could develop into a truly historic moment for our world.
Just maybe, the extraordinary scene that unfolded in the dead of night on an airfield outside Washington early Thursday is the start of something truly historic…
While history suggests skepticism is warranted over North Korea’s apparent opening, and Trump will face accusations of taking a premature victory lap, Thursday’s events nevertheless pointed to a moment of rare hope in the world’s last Cold War standoff.
By securing the prisoners’ release the Trump administration could claim a genuine foreign policy victory that further built confidence ahead of his looming historic planned summit with Kim Jong Un.
Other groups of US prisoners have been freed from North Korea over the years — often after visits by luminaries like former President Bill Clinton. But the accelerating diplomacy means this time there is the prospect that a more permanent opening could be possible after seven decades of hostility.
President Trump is wholly invested in this peace process and in the denuclearization of the Korean peninsula, and that should be evident from his everything he’s been saying about unfolding events.
The highly anticipated meeting between Kim Jong Un and myself will take place in Singapore on June 12th. We will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 10, 2018
Can you imagine the reaction on the left and in the media, if Donald Trump is there the day that an official peace becomes the reality in Korea? The level of anxiety that is creating in liberal circles is palpable, and i’m not sure the media knows what to do about that distinct possibility.
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