It would have seemed inconceivable just six short months ago, as both President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un hurled insults at one another. In fact, it hasn’t been long since North Korea brazenly fired rockets over Japan and threatened missile strikes (if provoked) against American military forces in Guam. The threat from the pint-sized dictator ignited a dire warning from the president that any such attack would “be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen!”
Analysts warned that the president’s escalating statements increased the likelihood of war. However, what the experts didn’t know was that China was also seriously listening to the president’s ultimatum. This forced them (for the first time) to abandon their puppet régime and agree to sanctions put into place by America.
Yesterday was another small step towards that goal, as Kim Jong-un made good on his promise in Singapore to return the remains of our fallen soldiers who fought in the Korean War over 7-decades ago.
Phil Davidson formally received the remains in 55-flag-draped caskets containing the remains of our warriors during an emotional and solemn ceremony in Hawaii.
Vice President Pence spoke briefly about the historic event at Hawaii’s Hickam Air Force Base.
“They were husbands and fathers, brothers and neighbors, long gone, but never lost to the memory of their loved ones.”
Along with the 55-boxes of remains, only one single dog tag was included. An official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said it would probably take months, if not years, to identify the remains.
“We don’t know who’s in those boxes.”- Jim Mattis, U.S. Defense Secretary
From the White House, President Trump sent the North Korean leader his thanks overnight with a pair of tweets:
“Thank you to Chairman Kim Jong-un for keeping your word & starting the process of sending home the remains of our great and beloved missing fallen!” Trump wrote in one tweet. “I am not at all surprised that you took this kind action. Also, thank you for your nice letter – l look forward to seeing you soon!”
“Thank you to Chairman Kim Jong-un for keeping your word & starting the process of sending home the remains of our great and beloved missing fallen! I am not at all surprised that you took this kind of action. Also, thank you for your nice letter – l look forward to seeing you soon!”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 2, 2018
This civil act comes on the heels of the release of three American prisoners held hostage several months ago. However, we’ve been down this long and winding road before, with past administrations.
Yet, President Trump is a different kind of leader – one who actually keeps his promises. Perhaps both China and North Korea understand the president’s message when he speaks of “fire and fury.”