Fox News host Brian Kilmeade urged President Donald Trump to not tweet about North Korea, following yesterday's news that North Korea may back out of June's scheduled nuclear summit with the United States and allies in Asia.
After discussing the possible reasons for North Korea's threat with his colleagues, Kilmeade said that the president is making a smart decision by not issuing a knee-jerk reaction tweet on North Korea, something he is famous for doing.
I'd add this to it. The president not tweeting is one of the smartest things. Just to stay out of it for now, let the diplomats handle it at a lower level because if the president gets in on it too aggressively with a misinterpretation, the whole thing could blow up.
Co-host Steve Doocy replied with far less confidence in Trump's self-restraint. "Oh, there's going to be a tweet. You watch," he said. "Yeah," added Abby Huntsman, daughter of Jon Huntsman, the former Ambassador to China under President Obama.
"I think it'll be a measured tweet," Kilmeade conceded if Trump is unable to abstain from addressing North Korea on Twitter.
Fox's Brian Kilmeade implores Trump not to tweet about North Korea: "Just to stay out of it for now" https://t.co/bnQwLrTmRt— Media Matters (@Media Matters) 1526472660.0
Yesterday, North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un canceled Wednesday’s high-stakes talks with South Korea in response to military exercises conducted by South Korea and the United States.
“We have no information on that,” Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Heather Nauert responded. “Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. We need to verify it.” No further comment from the Trump administration is available at this time."
State Department appears to have been taken by surprise by North Korea potentially cancelling the Kim Jung Un Summi… https://t.co/i95DDmVWw6— HansNichols (@HansNichols) 1526412850.0
Kim is also threatening to back out of the much-anticipated nuclear summit between Asian allies and the United States, which is scheduled for June 12 in Singapore.
Tuesday night that threat escalated with reporting that North Korea has no intention of denuclearizing.
BREAKING: North Korea official says country has no interest in summit with US if it's based on 'one-sided' demands… https://t.co/TlHvP5voE1— The Associated Press (@The Associated Press) 1526438071.0
Since rumors about an American-North Korean meeting began to swirl earlier this year, skepticism has abounded over whether the United States was being used as merely a propaganda tool. In March, foreign policy columnist Jeffrey Lewis issued a warning about dealing with North Korea, based on their demonstrated untrustworthiness in the past.
North Korea has been seeking a summit with an American president for more than twenty years. It has literally been… https://t.co/h0cFEijXn6— Jeffrey Lewis (@Jeffrey Lewis) 1520554304.0
“But Kim is not inviting Trump so that he can surrender North Korea’s weapons,” Lewis tweeted in March. “Kim is inviting Trump to demonstrate that his investment in nuclear and missile capabilities has forced the United States to treat him as an equal.”
PS: To be clear -- we need to talk to North Korea. But Kim is not inviting Trump so that he can surrender North Kor… https://t.co/LoQLmSShYL— Jeffrey Lewis (@Jeffrey Lewis) 1520554998.0
Based on yesterday's threat, Lewis appears to be correct, that North Korea's gambit to be treated like an equal by the United States, by having an American president offer to speak face-to-face, seems to be paying off. The Trump administration has already offered major economic promises to the rogue nation in exchange for "denuclearization," however, there is no agreed upon definition of what denuclearization will look like.
If North Korea's move on Tuesday is any indication, a nuclear-free Korean peninsula may not be as attainable as once thought. But Trump believes he can fix anything. “I alone can fix it” was one of his favorite campaign lines, and he very well may think he can strongarm Kim into denuclearization with a “great deal.”
Conservative columnist David Frum tweeted that he, like Doocy, wonders if Trump is even capable of not firing off potentially inflammatory or "boastful" tweets.
Trump's last tweet about the stock market was Feb 7 (S&P 500 peaked Jan 26) Most recent boastful tweet about Nort… https://t.co/So6eMxP1mb— David Frum (@David Frum) 1526439769.0
Other critics mocked the president's Twitter habits. One user compared Trump's tweets to monkeys using typewriters.
@mmfa https://t.co/28JpII25mv— K Mayhew (@K Mayhew) 1526473228.0
Kilmeade's expectation of a "measured tweet" also gave users a laugh.
@mmfa "I think it'll be a measured tweet." 😂 https://t.co/g0y7V58BZ4— Danny Montes (@Danny Montes) 1526473236.0
@mmfa “A measured tweet”. Smdh— GossipGirlInChicago (@GossipGirlInChicago) 1526478327.0