OPINION: Donald Trump didn’t create Korean peace


President Trump speaks at a rally in Harrisburg, PA. April 29, 2018 Photo credit: Alex Weidner

Alex Weidner

In an unprecedented move, North and South Korean leaders Kim Jong-un and Moon Jae-in met to discuss peace and de-nuclearization. It was the first time a North Korean leader stepped foot in South Korean territory, as the two leaders met at the border of the nations.

As Kim put it, “I came here to put an end to the history of confrontation.”

The leaders signed the Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification on the Korean Peninsula, a pledge to officially end the Korean War after 65 years under a cease fire. The North has also aligned itself with the South’s time zone.

Kim has gone from a dictator mad with the taste of nuclear weapons and hatred for the west, to a diplomat eager for peace. But he does not credit Trump or the U.S. sanctions for his sudden change in tone.

However, President Trump and the people who kiss the ground he walks on would love to shower him in praise for his mature, professional and tough approach to dealing with North Korea.

Oh, wait, this is the same guy that tweeted this:

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And this:

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Ah yes, the old “mine’s bigger!” approach to diplomacy. Classic.

There are people out there saying that Trump’s work on creating peace with North Korea warrants a Nobel Peace Prize. Yes, the same Donald Trump who wrote those tweets and did not sign the Panmunjom Declaration for Peace, Prosperity and Unification on the Korean Peninsula.

Now, 18 Republican lawmakers have written a letter of nomination on Trump’s behalf for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize.

Let’s go back in time for a brief history recap. The Korean War was nothing but a proxy war between the U.S. and then Soviet Union, because North Korea was a communist state and the U.S. at the time was at war with communism. The ongoing dispute between the North and South is not the U.S.’s problem, we’re just a nation that loves to play international police officer.

So now that the Korean peninsula will see peace for the first time in over half a century, because the leaders of the two Koreas are working to make it so, the U.S. wants to take credit.

President Trump is so arrogant that he thinks just because he’s president right now, he deserves credit for any major international accomplishment. In this case, Trump’s arrogance nearly prevented this peace agreement from happening, as he nearly tweeted his way into a nuclear standoff with North Korea.

And now, he’s doing so much more to hurt international peace efforts.

On May 8, Trump announced that the U.S. would leave the Iran nuclear deal. The deal was created when President Obama was in office, in collaboration with European allies, and greatly reduced Iran’s nuclear program while also avoiding placing sanctions on the country.

Trump wants to take credit for making huge strides toward peace with North Korea, but then takes a massive step back in international peace by leaving the Iran deal.

In no way does Trump deserve the Nobel Peace Prize, and this is made evident by his recent actions. He did not create peace on the Korean peninsula, and he is preventing efforts for peace in the Middle East.

President Trump would absolutely love to get the Nobel Peace Prize, because his entire life is built around one-upmanship. President Obama got the Peace Prize, and Trump loves to say he’s doing a better job than Obama. He’s not, and he shouldn’t be awarded for something he didn’t do.

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