Sunday, June 17, 2018
June 16, 2018
By Saeed Qureshi
It is unbelievable that president Trump could publicly deride Justin Trudeau the youthful prime minister of Canada: a neighboring and friendly country. On the contrary he eulogizes and goes all the way to have a meeting with Kim Jong-un, the 3rd Supreme Leader of North Korea. That historic summit meeting between president Trump and the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un took place on June 12, 2018, in Singapore. He praised Kim for a host of traits one of which is to get long applause and discipline from his countrymen over which he rules as a spiritual figure.
Of all the countries United States has been treating North Korea as a hostile state because of its being a communist totalitarian state. Secondly it has been making rapid advances in the development of nuclear arsenal technology. In the beginning and after assuming the presidency of the United States, Trump has been trading innuendoes and sharp-tonged expletives with Kim Jong. Even otherwise North Korea as a communist state and friend of China, has remained a pariah state for decades. On the contrary, since beginning, South Korea has been treated to be a close and a trusted ally by the United States. The situation, all of sudden took a 180-degree drastic turn. On June 12, 2018, the first USA-North Korea summit meeting was held in Singapore. It helped in melting away the long-standing acrimony between two formerly hostile countries.
On the other hand, the 44th G7 summit was held on 8–9 June 2018, in Canada. This was the sixth time since 1981 that Canada has hosted this high-profile meeting. President Trump left the meeting by accusing that why the summit was dubbed as "G6+1".It meant that USA was not a proper member of G7 summit because of withdrawal of the United States from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action as well as from the Paris Agreement. Americas tariffs, and trade-related disputes between Trump and the French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister could be another factor.
On 9 June 2018, from Singapore Trump tweeted that he had instructed the representatives of the United States not to endorse the communique of the 44th G7 summit. At a news conference, he harshly dubbed prime minister Trudeau as "meek and mild dishonest & weak”. The performance of the United States and president Trump’s walkout from the G7 summit meeting received unanimous condemnation from foreign policy experts, political scientists, and former diplomats.
The Singapore summit meeting between the two heads of state of the most mutually hostile countries unbelievably exhibited mutual trust, goodwill and compromise or agreement on many issues. It expressed the will to work together on contentious issues including the de-nuclearization of the Korean peninsula and enhancement of mutual relationship including the trade.
Besides giving number of concessions to north Korea, the joint statement signed by both the presidents specifically outlined a host of other measures for North Korea from the United states. This package includes: establishing a new format of the U.S.-DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity, to build a lasting peace in the Korean Peninsula, reaffirmation of the Panmunjom Declaration dated April 27, 2018. It declares to work towards the complete de-nuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and recovering POW/MIA remains including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.
Despite this amazing and gubernatorial achievement on the part of the two defiant and thus far hostile countries, United States has almost isolated herself under the presidency of Donald Trump from its erstwhile European allies as well as close door neighbor Canada. United States’ infringement for instance of its withdrawal from the Paris agreement and imposition of high tariffs and import’s duties in the imports from the neighboring as well as the European countries not to speak of Peoples Republic of China is a big impediment in the way of maintaining smooth relationship with her partners. If it is a question of treating the whole world particularly the political and trade allies with a stick and at the cost of harming their business interests, then this paradigm is destined to fizzle out.
The domestic feuding, bad blood and condemnation within the United States with politicians and media by president Trump may be ignored. Yet it would be utterly and outright fallacy to treat other sovereign states to be tied to the apron strings as lesser and unequal partners. President Trump has to be tolerant and accommodating and diplomatic in his forays both domestically and globally.
The Declaration of Restoration of peace in the Korean Peninsula ought to be a remarkable achievement for that part of the world and China as well which a close ally of North Korea. Undoubtedly, that kind of peace serves the interests of North Korea much more (for being a besieged and economically poor country) than the United States which is the leading world economic and military power in its own right.
This has been a momentous step in the right direction towards lessening the tension and jingoism in a very crucial part of the world. However, in other situations as the conflicts in the Middle East, president Trump seems to be having an erratic foreign policy mindset. He has been a vocal antagonist of the illegal immigration across the borders with Mexico and other countries bordering America.
He ordered a travel ban on citizens from several Muslim-majority countries thus brewing an anti-American sentiment in those lands with which America has been having cordial relations such as Pakistan and Afghnistan. He is averse to accommodating and allowing the displaced families and people from the war-torn lands and civil war ridden societies as witnessed by blocking of the entry of huge crowds that travelled all the way to Mexico-US border for safety and a better life in USA. Domestically he is at loggers’ head with the media, homeland security, justice department and other government departments and individuals such as the former FBI director James Comey.
President Trump does not drink alcohol. This decision arose in part from watching his older brother Fred Jr. suffer from alcoholism and as a result of his early death in 1981. President Trump claims that he has never smoked cigarettes or consumed drugs, including marijuana.