In the wake of Donald Trump’s summit with Kim Jong Un in Singapore on June 12th, Trump famously proclaimed on Twitter that North Korea was “no longer” a threat to the United States and urged us all to “sleep well tonight.”
Well, since then, multiple reports have emerged that North Korea is not, in fact, denuclearizing, rather Kim is ramping up his weapons program.
— The Hill (@thehill) June 30, 2018
Not surprisingly, the President has tried to swat such reports away, including in an early morning tweet today:
Many good conversations with North Korea-it is going well! In the meantime, no Rocket Launches or Nuclear Testing in 8 months. All of Asia is thrilled. Only the Opposition Party, which includes the Fake News, is complaining. If not for me, we would now be at War with North Korea!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 3, 2018
But what might be more surprising is that even Fox News reported that U.S. intelligence officials believe North Korea has actually upped its production of enriched uranium and is orchestrating weapon production at secret sites.
“There is absolutely unequivocal evidence that they are trying to deceive the U.S.,” one of the sources said. The @FoxNews Twitter account even declared:
U.S. intelligence officials believe North Korea has been deceiving the U.S. when it comes to their nuclear program.
Which Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA) reminded us with this tweet earlier today:
Dear @realDonaldTrump: You stated the recent reports about North Korea deceiving you were coming "only" from "the Opposition party, which includes the fake news." Are you referring to the below reporting by @FoxNews?#TuesdayThoughts https://t.co/ffKEgywwu2
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) July 3, 2018
Lieu wasn’t the only one reminding Trump that yes, even Fox News was reporting this as fact:
— Cynthia Reed (@Cynthia__Reed) July 3, 2018
People agreed with Lieu, it was indeed surprising to see Fox News reporting facts:
Let's see if now FOX news becomes FAKE news too.
— Elle Vinci (@ifshesaidso) July 3, 2018