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Letter: Trump and Supertrump

U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island Tuesday in Singapore.
U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un at the Capella resort on Sentosa Island Tuesday in Singapore. - Associated Press

I hasten to offer my congratulations to the U.S. president on his meeting with his North Korean counterpart. I’m not a Trump-fancier myself, and I hope nobody will feel it necessary to accept his anti-democratic and anti-diplomatic tendencies, based on no more than this brief and rudimentary first meeting with Kim.

I’ll make a few predictions. Trump will preen and strut, and heap praises upon himself. He will vilify all previous presidents who did not go and have a chat with Kim. He will be more emboldened toward the Mueller investigation and more vociferous in his demands for its premature closure. He will continue to heap scorn on any leaders who do not flatter him, including our own Prime Minister with his ‘socialist’ document, the Charlevoix Communique.

In short, Trump will become Supertrump, and his ego will inflate almost to the bursting point. He will assume that, having threatened to annihilate North Korea to good effect, it is now permissible to start threatening other nations that do not instantly obey his presidential

will.

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Canada is one of those nations, so we must prepare ourselves to suffer a certain amount of pain for our insistence on fair trade and peaceful diplomacy.

There is one ominous omission from reports on the Kim-Trump micro-mini summit. At no point, it seems, did the U.S. president offer to reduce his own nuclear stockpile, nor did he suggest that there would be any reciprocity.

He did promise to stop openly antagonizing North Korea with his naval forces, but that is at best symbolic. In general, the message remains the same: “Do what I want you to do, or I will destroy you and all your tribe.”

This applies not just to North Korea, but distills the long-held U.S. assumption that Planet Earth exists for the sole purpose of serving the U.S. economy.

Ed Healy

Marystown

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