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Trump gave North Korea dictator Kim Jong Un a string of tremendous propaganda victories during their meeting in Singapore, and he’s already preparing for the day that his humiliation of America backfires.

During a press availability at the close of the summit Tuesday, Trump fielded questions for about an hour, and deepened Kim’s victory by effusively praising him, insulting our allies, and even attacking our own military’s readiness exercises as “provocative.”

In return for what retired four-star general and former CIA Director Michael Hayden called a “pretty big concession,” Trump received a set of detail-free assurances that fell short of the goal of “irreversible and verifiable” de-nuclearization. Asked what the response would be if Kim failed to live up to his word, Trump essentially surrendered the entire enterprise.

“I think he’ll do it. I really believe that. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be doing this. I really believe it,” he said.

“I think he’s — I think — honestly, I think he’s going to do these things. I may be wrong. I mean, I may stand before you in six months and say, ‘Hey, I was wrong.’ I don’t know that I’ll ever admit that, but I’ll find some kind of an excuse,” he added.

Trump has a well-known talent for making excuses and blaming others for his own failures, but announcing that he’ll do it ahead of time is unusual, even for him. And while it doesn’t reveal anything about his character that we didn’t already know, the admission is yet another strategic bungle.

The United States has been here before with North Korea — extracting promises that are later broken, even negotiating the release of hostages — but without having given up nearly as much as Trump has to get there.

Everyone hopes that peace with North Korea can be achieved, but so far, Trump’s efforts seem more likely to lead to failure. And he’s already announcing to the world his plan to evade any responsibility for it when that happens.

Published with permission of The American Independent.

President Trump boards Air Force One for his return flight home from Florida on July 31, 2020

Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

Florida senior residents have been reliable Republican voters for decades, but it looks like their political impact could shift in the upcoming 2020 election.

As Election Day approaches, Florida is becoming a major focal point. President Donald Trump is facing more of an uphill battle with maintaining the support of senior voters due to his handling of critical issues over the last several months. Several seniors, including some who voted for Trump in 2016, have explained why he will not receive their support in the November election.

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