Alabama congressmen seem optimistic about the U.S./North Korea summit
Depending on who you watched or listened to this morning, the meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un is either the greatest diplomatic feat of all time or a massive failure that will empower a madman.
The reality is much simpler: We have no idea what is going to happen here.
Some Alabama congressmen have looked at these development with a positive outlook towards the future.
If the exact same meeting with #NorthKorea happened under Hillary Clinton, the media would praise it for days. Hard to see how anyone can legitimately argue President Trump's meeting was anything but a step in the right direction toward peace and denuclearization.
— Rep. Bradley Byrne (@RepByrne) June 12, 2018
Reports indicate the meeting between President Trump and Kim Jong Un was very positive. I’m optimistic and continue to pray for a diplomatic solution to denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula.
— Rep. Robert Aderholt (@Robert_Aderholt) June 12, 2018
Wishing @realDonaldTrump success as he heads into historic talks with North Korea, & I applaud the President’s efforts to meaningfully address this significant national security threat.
— Mo Brooks (@RepMoBrooks) June 11, 2018
Why this matters:
At this point, no one knows where all of this is headed. All we know is this is different and uncharted territory. We have gone from “fire and fury” and “little rocketman” to a summit in almost no time.
We have a president who operates outside of diplomatic, and even societal, norms. We also have to acknowledge that the status quo on North Korea has led to a nuclear-armed police state, but a new path could yield a new future.
At least some of Alabama’s Republican congressmen seem willing to take this risk.