Trump: Free Press Is The 'Biggest Enemy' Of The United States
Just one day after meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, President Trump is saying that the biggest enemy of the United States is its media.
Trump's specific words were that 'fake news' was its biggest threat (not North Korea, or Russia) but reporters at the Washington Post, NBC, CNN, New York Times, etc.
Here was what Trump bursted out with early Thursday morning:
"So funny to watch the Fake News, especially NBC and CNN. They are fighting hard to downplay the deal with North Korea. 500 days ago they would have “begged” for this deal-looked like war would break out. Our Country’s biggest enemy is the Fake News so easily promulgated by fools!"While we're used to Trump railing on about the media, the fact that he's calling them his "biggest enemy" after meeting with Kim Jong Un is telling. It would be hard not to draw comparisons to the authoritarian country.
For one, it's illegal to talk bad about Kim Jong Un in North Korea. The media is run by the state and Kim Jong Un is seen as a God there. If, let's say, there was a rogue actor and someone wrote something unflattering or simply anything Kim Jong Un didn't like, they could be killed, or sent to special camps away from their family.
That's the reality on the ground there.
Speaking of the North Korean state media: they have recently reported information that was not stated in the two countries' joint statement.
They are suggesting that the two leaders made more verbal agreements than they put on paper or made public.
The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported that Kim and Trump agreed that "it is important to abide by the principle of step-by-step and simultaneous action in achieving peace, stability and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula."
Trump has told the American public the opposite.
Last month, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told the House Foreign Affairs Committee that "the model that we have laid forth is a rapid denuclearization, total and complete, that won't be extended over time."
Up to this time, Trump has argued that the incremental approach used by Obama and past presidents has allowed North Korea to take in rewards and incentives while dangling the promise to denuclearize, which never work. Now, Trump is saying they will work.
Who is the fake news now?