You have to hand it to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. She can play the media like a fiddle with the sharp and brilliant answers.
Media asked about President Donald Trump’s proposed meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Media inquired if Trump by meeting with the North Korean leader was Trump elevating his status?
From Free Beacon:
Sanders addressed several questions about President Donald Trump’s surprising acceptance of a meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un over the rogue country’s nuclear weapons program. The White House has said the talks are conditional upon North Korea taking concrete steps toward denuclearization.
One reporter noted the Kim regime’s extensive campaign of starvation and killing, wondering why Trump would want to put the tyrant on the same platform as him with a face-to-face meeting.
Media clearly doesn’t do any self-reflection.
Sanders reminded them how it was in fact that media who had been elevating North Korea and its emissaries to the Olympics far more than Trump ever did.
“The president wants to make sure that we denuclearize the peninsula, and that we’re securing and helping have a safer world,” Sanders said. “I‘m glad that you guys are acknowledging a lot of the problems of North Korea, because just a couple weeks ago, a lot of members in the press were actually elevating North Korea and some of the members of the regime and comparing them to people in the United States and in this administration.”
Sanders said nothing the Trump administration has even come close to what the media did during the Olympics.
They praised Kim Jong Un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, for her smile, for praised North Korea for winning for ‘winning’ against Vice President Mike Pence. Kim’s sister is the North Korean equivalent of Joseph Goebbels, the head of the propaganda department of the country, a fact which the media whitewashed or failed to mention.
Sanders also stressed that there would be no meeting until the North Koreans took “concrete actions.”
From Free Beacon:
“The maximum pressure campaign–we’re not letting up. We’re not going to step back or make any changes to that. We’re going to continue in that effort and we’re not going to have this meeting take place until we see concrete actions that match the words and the rhetoric of North Korea,” Sanders said.
Karl followed up to ask how Kim can be trusted as a negotiating partner.
“Look, we’re not in the negotiation right now. We’ve accepted the invitation to talk based on them following through with concrete actions on the promises that they’ve made,” Sanders said.
South Korean National Security Adviser Chung Eui-Yong made an announcement at the White House a day earlier that Kim had committed to denuclearization and was planning to talk with Trump.