The day before his departure, Trump gave his compliments and called Japan a “warrior nation” and said China might have a “big problem with Japan pretty soon” over North Korea in an interview with Fox News Channel’s “The Ingraham Angle.” Today, Trump’s visit to Japan was a defining moment in his first year of presidency, and North Korea should be worried.
First, Trump gave a speech to quote “the great men and women” at Yokota Air Base in Tokyo, Japan.” He was given a bomber jacket, and when he asked if he should put it on, he was met with loud enthusiasm from the crowd. The light hearted moment would then be followed by a powerful speech in which Trump stated, “You instill confidence in the hearts of our allies, and you strike fear in the hearts of our enemies. That’s the way it should be, isn’t it.” The crowd cheered for a brief moment before he spoke again. “Our alliance is a testament to the transformative power of freedom.” Like him or not, those are powerful words. Comments on the speech were generally positive, despite CNN’s claim that Trump’s approval rating has hit a historic low.
After his speech, he met with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and professional golfer Hideki Matsuyama to play golf.
Then, it was time to get down to business. According to Trump administration officials, the strategy was very clear:
“The president’s strategy — and this strategy is in complete alignment with our allies: South Korea and Japan and increasingly the entire world — is to maximize pressure,” a senior administration official said. “It’s a diplomatic and economic campaign to maximize pressure on North Korea to convince the leadership in North Korea that the one way out for them is to start reducing the threat and to move toward denuclearization.”
Apparently, the administration plans to make an announcement about whether it will once again name North Korea to a list of state sponsors of terrorism. The administration will be making a decision on the issue “very soon,” the official said. In all likelihood, a decision will be made during the trip, but we will have to wait and see.
Trump, Abe, and their wives, had a private dinner together at Ginza Ukai Tei, a pricey Japanese restaurant. $255 tasting menus are on their website, to give you an idea of how ritzy they are. Before the dinner, Trump spoke on his relationship with the Prime Minister.
“The relationship is pretty extraordinary, we like each other and our countries like each other. I don’t think we’ve ever been closer to Japan than we are right now.”
Meetings and discussions on North Korea will continue into the following day. As our relationship with Japan strengthens, the threat of North Korea’s plot to “blow us all up” becomes less of a worry. Despite Trump’s willingness to sit and meet with Kim Jong Un, the North Korean dictator refuses to lower his guard and continuously lashes out warnings which his country doesn’t have the strength or the courage to carry out. Later this week, Trump is also scheduled to meet with Vladimir Putin, in hopes of “getting Putin’s help on North Korea.”
So far, this trip has been a major victory for the United States, North Korea’s days will soon be numbered.