Ask Polly’s Heather Havrilesky: ‘I feel connected to the people who write to me’Yesterday
The advice columnist brings her wisdom off the web and into the bind pages of a collect of almost entirely new letters, How To Be A Person In the World
Heather Havrilesky is the advice columnist for people encountering doubt about the sorcery dwelling inside them. If this sounds corny and sentimental at first, that is because it is. While much of the modern advice material dispensing wisdom to readers takes the form of small and practical steps toward self-improvement, Havrilesky is an unapologetic evangelist for sentimentality and believing in our own enormous potential. She speaks in the language of the epic, the supernatural, and the celestial.
Since 2012, her weekly advice column, New York magazines Ask Polly, has broadcast these notions in human potential through letters tackling modernity most pressing existential crisis for a growing and devoted following. The column has provided reassurance to readers, but also instilled in them a sense of being responsible, to themselves and others, to use their potential wisely.
This week, Havrilesky brings Pollys wisdom off the web and into the bind pages of a collection of almost entirely new letters, How To Be A Person In the World: Ask Pollys Guide Through the Paradoxes of Modern Life.
Havrilesky is not the most likely advice columnist, by her own admission. She is hardly a stoic observer, she does not consider herself to be much of an expert on how to feel. I find my own feelings very bewildering. I always have. I am a very moody person and have a very uneven experience of the world, she tells me over the phone from her home in Los Angeles, where she lives with her husband and daughters.( As we talk, our conversation is occasionally punctuated by interruptions of her dispatching her husband to a parenting task and making sure that her puppy had not gotten into something poison .) I will never become a person who is not floored by her emotional experience.
But for the millennial women who make up the bulk of her audience, it is precisely those emotional experiences that have built her into something of a wise and occasionally profane aunt, in whom we find wisdom and hope for our own futures. Havrilesky, 46, regularly discloses her own encounters with her readers issues. Sometimes it comes as heart-wrenching recollections of events like the loss of her own parent to a grieving letter-writer( I wanted him to be alive, to eat a great snack, to read something funny for HIS sake) and sometimes light-hearted admissions that she too has struggled with obsessing over sons, a habit she compares to weaving a rich tapestry and then using it as a puppy bed.( I was a mind weaver of rich fucking tapestries, too, back in the working day, with some demure yet straight-talkin, slightly slimmer, slightly more hygienic version of my actual ego ). Regardless of the issue, Havrilesky makes clear that she too, has scalped in the game.
Empathizing so deeply with the impressions of others, somewhat miraculously, does not lessen the exhilaration that Havrilesky gets from engaging the despair and complexity of her readers problems. Its very easy to pick good letters because there are so many good ones. It really is an embarrassment of riches, she says a somewhat mystifying declaration that being bombarded with messy, often heartbreaking tales is an enviable position.
My nature is to be fascinated and curious and engaged and to feel connected to the people who write to me. I like hearing people problems. I love complicated problems. I love long-winded, difficult letters. I dont think everyone alive is like that, she says.
While most of the letters are new, the terrain covered in How To Be A Person In The World will be familiar to much of her readership and she repeats similar topics throughout the book: your impressions are valid but misguided in a very special style, your lack of romantic fulfillment is not a result of some inherent flaw of yours, all of your hurt is real, and all of your hurt is to be able to healed. These are affirmations worth recurring and so they are, but the prose in which Havrilesky plants them is plainspoken while still appealing to the grandness of the celestial and the gravity of the scriptural.
In the book, Havrilesky speaks frankly of evil and malice when responding to a woman grappling with her friends welcoming of the social return of a man whose sexual advances profoundly violated her borders , noting lines from a song called Devil Town by Daniel Johnston that reads: Oh lord, it truly brings me down about the devil township.
But the proverbial profane aunt has some fun, too. To a woman who is convinced she has a fundamental flaw she cant pinpoint that is driving romantic prospects away, Havrilesky points out in earnest, Every night you pray to the gods of rejection. Your prayer ritual involves replaying the past, loading one reel after another, footage of men who broke your heart, only to become comically exasperated when she afterward declares, YOU ARE CURRENTLY PRAYING AT THE ALTAR OF THE MOST TEDIOUS RELIGION IN THE UNIVERSE.
To a woman who confuses herself with fantasies about men rather than focusing on her own challenges, Havrilesky tells her what she plans to tell her own daughters when they start to place all of the magic outside of themselves and become similarly preoccupied: The world has told you lies about how small you are. You will look back on this time and say, I had it all, but I didnt even know it. I was at the centre for human rights, I could breathe in happiness, I could swim to the moon. I had everything I required.
I read this section aloud to Havrilesky in our call but make it merely to the end of the first sentence before bursting into tears. It was a mixture of sudden relief that my nagging suspicions that I am more than the world has allowed me to be were true after all combined with the sorrow over time lost living in the smallness of the lie. Havrilesky then began to cry herself, a few moments that might have been awkward for someone less tolerant of a fate that floors them with their emotions. Most people alive are not like that.
This sentiment more than any other is what echoes throughout the book, the untelling of the lies about our smallness. She proclaims life is full of twinkles and twinges, even amid poverty and ageing and death late in the book, sincere and corny as when she began. This mean, mean planet still rewards those who can see the depth and beauty of what they carry around inside themselves, she reassures a letter-writer who hankers for a big, arousing love amid lukewarm interest from humen in an appeal for more brazen self-love modeled on Kanye Wests. It is these small reflections that Havrilesky watches us for what we are: not tiny corpuscles of illuminate in a dark sky but enormous sources of illuminate and energy in a brilliant cosmo. We have each other. We have worlds within us, me and you, she continues, unflinching as she delivers the message that every person carries their own peculiar magic whether they can see the enormousness of it or not.
Read more: www.theguardian.com
A guidebook to Trump-speak: think ‘bloke talking aloud in the pub’3 days ago
From overly defensive Sigmar Gabriel to delusional Michael Gove, politicians are misreading the president-elects utterances
Taken literally, Donald Trumps latest believes about the world, as retailed to the British politician Michael Gove, are frightening for Europe, the EU and Nato. But considered dispassionately, his comments are the most recent example of Trump-speak, a loose, untutored language form that politicians and envoys must now quickly learn to decipher.
As has by now been well established, Trump-speak should be taken seriously, but not literally. Large pinches of salt, interspersed with reality checks and deep breaths, are involved. The hasty, too defensive reaction on Monday of Germanys deputy chancellor, Sigmar Gabriel, to Trumps suggestion the EU could disintegrate is not the way to run. Trump could and probably will say the exact opposite tomorrow.
Trump-speak is typically off the cuff, unconsidered, contradictory, strongly conveyed and essentially transitory. It mixes long-held beliefs and prejudices with barely grasped facts and dawning realities. Its like a bloke talking aloud in the pub who only read this stuff in the paper.
So, for example, Trump revealed to Gove that he has discovered matters were not going well in Afghanistan. I have just looked at something, he said. Oh, I should not show you it at all, because its secret but I have just taken a look at Afghanistan … And you ask yourself, Whats going on there? Well, yes actually, you do.
Trump-speak is a thought-stream , not a logical or rational process. It blithely blunders into sensitive issues. It wings it, blurts and stumbles. It induces stuff up as it goes along. And it typically absence solid conclusions, leading interlocutors nowhere. The crucial thing about Trump-speak is that it is rarely his last word.
Weighing Trump-speak for subtle diplomatic subtleties, calculated hints and cloaked policy switchings is a mugs game. Thus Goves gleeful declaration that Trump had bolstered Theresa May by promising a fast-track, post-Brexit trade deal with the US looks like delusional over-interpretation.
This is the same Trump who has failed so far to fix a date to meet Britains prime minister but who found time for Gove, sacked by May, and Ukips Nigel Farage. Trump says hes a big fan of the UK. But his Scottish golf course aside, Britains interests barely register on his radar.
The Chinese have a similar interpreting problem. They find Trump-speak on Taiwan to be deeply troubling. State media are talking angrily about nuclear war. On Monday, Beijing said it would take the gloves off if Trump persisted with his heretical ideas.
But the Chinese are misreading the subject. To the extent that Trump has considered the matter at all, he appears to position Taiwan in the context of unfair US-China trade. Despite asserting his right to do so, he did not gratify Taiwans president when she transited the US last week. He could be plotting recognition of an independent Taiwan. But probably not.
Likewise on Iran, Trump says Barack Obama cut a terrible nuclear deal in 2015. His statements have provoked intense speculation in Tehran about malign US aims and defiant, pre-emptive warnings by Iranian leaders. Their misstep is to take him at his Twitter word. What seems to concern Trump most is not Israels future security. Its the money the US repaid to Tehran as part of the deal.
In Trump-speak, Nato is both obsolete and important. US and Russian nuclear arsenals must be reduced substantially, although he has previously demanded a large US expansion. Angela Merkel, Germanys chancellor, is simultaneously fantastic and catastrophic.
Trump told Gove he was undecided about who he would support in Germanys September federal election raising the scandalising possibility that he might publicly take sides. And if in Germany, why not in France? Was Marine Le Pen, the Front Nationals presidential nominee, simply taking coffee at Trump Tower last week? Or was Trump conspiring with her? In the equivocal world of Trump-speak, anything is possible , nothing is certain.
Trump-speak says, repeatedly, that the US embassy in Israel will definitely move to Jerusalem until, suddenly this week, it is not up for discussion. It says the future prospects of North Korean nuclear missiles threatening the US mainland is not going to happen. Kim Jong-un, North Koreas paranoid dictator, thinks it will. So what next? Trump-speak is silent.
On Iraq, Trump is consistent but clueless. The 2003 invasion was the worst ever decision in history. US policy, he said, was akin to hurling boulders into a beehive. On Syria, Trump-speak is all over the place. The president-elect must have had a briefing, because he now favours security zones presumably, the safe havens plan favoured by Hillary Clinton.
It was terrible to shoot old ladies in Aleppo, Trump said on that, all can agree. But Trump says he trusts the shooter, Vladimir Putin, and looking ahead to doing great things with Russia. What this may mean is anybodys guess, although the Russian president likely has his own notions. A Nato pullback in eastern Europe for starters.
Trump-speak is whatever Trump believes US policy should be at any given moment. This is not inevitably how policy is or how it will be. Trump-speak is the exact opposite of George Orwells newspeak, which was all about thought control and limiting alternative ideas and choices. It is thus essentially chaotic.
Trump-speak is more akin to doublespeak. Working out what the next US president actually thinks, when he often appears not to know himself, is going to be a full-time job.
Read more: www.theguardian.com
Trouble in Venice: can this trendy LA enclave reconcile a deep divide?4 days ago
As the neighborhood inundations with tech workers and new wealth, its homeless population holds rising and a political battle is raging over what to do
It is less than a hundred yards from the hipster restaurants, cafe, and giant street art installations of Main Street in Venice, California, to a straggly line of industrial warehouses and storage facilities where a homeless encampment has sprawled over an entire city block.
Tents and shopping carts filled with garb and possessions obstruct sidewalks and parking spaces along 3rd Street and Rose Avenue and prompt unceasing complaints from nearby residents as well as stares of astonishment from tourists. The encampment, home to people with nowhere else to go, is a constant reminder that all is not well in one of the fastest gentrifying neighborhoods in North America.
Venice is the quintessential southern Calfornia beach community, an edgy, artsy pocket of the city of Los Angeles where industry, poverty and creativity have always procured a style to coexist. But it is also ground zero in a battle in which an unprecedented official effort to fight homelessness across Los Angeles is being met with growing skepticism, impatience, and, from time to time, outright hostility.
At public sessions, people are openly calling homeless residents lepers and likening Venice to Baghdad. Local elections being held tomorrow pit a popular incumbent city councilman, Mike Bonin, who has championed efforts to build new low-income housing and provide services to homeless person including showers, bathroom and storage space, against an energetic underdog, Mark Ryavec, who thinks the situation is spiraling out of control.
We see snowbirds in their RVs and young people from all over treat Venice as the campsite of America, Ryavec charged. I want to provide a bus fare to send them home, because theres no future for these people here.
The future certainly seems to belong to a new wave of highly paid tech employees, many of them working for Google or Snap, who have inundated into Venice now often nicknamed Silicon Beach and pushed rents and house prices through the roof.
Industrial warehouses have been transformed into luxury condos and shabby-chic restaurants. Abbot Kinney Boulevard, once a relative backwater where local restaurants struggled to obtain liquor licenses, has become one of the trendiest streets in the country, where coffee shop offer$ 6 lattes and tables at the hottest dinner places are booked out weeks in advance. Meanwhile, the homeless population maintains rising its closely connected to 1,000 people, by some estimates, and nearly 30,000 across the city of LA as a whole.
It is this stark contrast of extreme wealth and growing poverty that has pushed city and district leaders to take unprecedented action. After decades of doing little more than moving homeless people around and offering services so they dont starve or freeze to death, the political class is inducing the instance that aiming homelessness is both a moral and an economic imperative.
Donald Trump says US could re-enter Paris climate deal6 days ago
In ITV interview US president also says he would take tougher stand on Brexit than Theresa May
Make ‘feminism’ the word of the year until females feel safeOne week ago
As the jaunt of abusive humen continues and the world assures the power of women behind this cultural moment, we have to continue the hard work
This week a man attempted a terrorist attack in New York’s Port Authority subway station, but his bomb explosion early and the attacker was the only one seriously injured. Despite what Twitter would have you believe, New York- as it does- went on very much the same. People groused about metro delays and went on with their day .~ ATAGEND It was just one of many days that induced me proud to be a native New Yorker. We could all take a lesson from that sort of resilience and posture, to be honest: we won’t let terrible people attain us feel terrible. We will live our lives, and refuse to be terrorized.
On a happier note, though the outing of abusive humen continues, the world is starting to recognize the power of women behind this incredible culture moment: Merriam-Webster named “feminism” the word of 2017. Now we just have to continue to make it the movement of the year( and next year, and the next) until girls can start to feel safe in their own country.
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The unthinkable happened and Doug Jones won the Alabama special election. It’s a low bar- getting excited over an accused child-molester and explicit racist losing- but in a time when wins are few and far between, I’ll take it.
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Can Baltimore curtail police killings by defying Trump?12 days ago
Kevin Cooper was killed by city police at age 14 in 2006, but his death has vanished into obscurity. Now theres hope for reform to prevent such cases if it can withstand Trumps insistence on law and order
Greta Carter-Willis has spent a lot of time praying, crying and thinking at the threshold between the kitchen and dining room of her south-west Baltimore home.
It was at that spot nearly 11 years ago that a Baltimore city police officer, barely a year out of the academy, shot and killed her 14-year-old son Kevin Cooper.
His body was laying right there, she said, gesturing. We can make little changes, paint, take the carpet up, but it still remains the same. I have to live with that mental vision in my mind all my life This is my home, I cant just up and move.
It was the sense of pain and injustice around that incident that brought Carter-Willis to the Baltimore federal courthouse on Thursday, to speak in favor of the agreement negotiated between the city, its police force, and the Department of Justice in the wake of the Freddie Gray case. The future of the agreement to reform the citys policing, known as a consent decree, was thrown into uncertainty Monday after attorney general Jeff Sessions released a memo asking to halt its implementation against the wishes of the city mayor, police commissioner and general public.
Despite a cold, driving rain, dozens of residents lined up for their three minutes to address the federal judge in the case and implore him not to delay the agreement, as the Trump administration requested earlier this week. Speakers represented faith groups, high school students, non-profits, law-enforcement and like Carter-Willis, mothers of those killed by police. And despite their disparate backgrounds, the overarching position of the city was clear: Justice delayed is justice denied, as more than one speaker quoted from the Rev Dr Martin Luther King Jr.
It was a must that I push my way down to that courthouse and let that federal judge know, please do not hold this consent decree, Carter-Willis told the Guardian. Its too late for my son, but it will help somebody elses child and it will make it better for the next generation and its a right step for this department. Its a right step for this city to have them be accountable to another agency. Because as long as theyre policing themselves, its not gonna get any better.
Late Friday, a federal judge agreed with Carter-Willis and the others who trudged out to throw their weight behind the agreement, tossing out Sessions request for more time. Still, the saga clearly indicates that project of cultivating progressive reform in police departments nationwide no longer has an eager partner in Washington DC.
Read more: www.theguardian.com
Trying to atone, Georgetown University accused of excluding slave descendants15 days ago
The descendants of 272 slaves sold in 1838 say they have been left out of the process, and told the schools chairman: Nothing about us without us
The president of a resulting university attempting atonement for profiting from 19 th century slaves was publicly confronted by their descendants on Thursday and told: Nothing about us without us.
John DeGioia, chairperson of Georgetown University in Washington, had just given a speech in which he pledged to make a formal apology for the 1838 sale of 272 slaves and give preference in admissions to their descendants.
But then a group of descendants, who complain that they have been left out of the process and rushed to the event after not receiving invitations, rose from their seats and joined DeGioia at the front of the universitys historic Gaston hall.
Polite but firm, Joe Stewart said he objected to an earlier comment by the Rev David Collins, chairperson of the universitys working group on the issue, that the faces of the slaves were invisible and would have to be imagined.
One of the working group said what was missing from this scenario was the faces of the slaves, Stewart told. Here are the faces. These are the faces. Here are the direct descendants of the 272.
Standing alongside him, Karran Harper Royal then read a joint declaration on behalf of the members of more than 300 descendants, who are located in Louisiana, Maryland and elsewhere.
Stewart thanked DeGioia and his squad for their efforts. But he continued: Our stance is that all of this evolved from the ache and suffering of the 272 people we talked about and we are those faces and our posture is: nothing about us without us.
If reconciliation is gonna take place as it has to, it needs to start at home and you dont start reconciling by alienating.
Stewart, a retired Kelloggs employee from Battle Creek, Michigan, added: We want a partnership. We are not interested in conflict, we are not talking reparations, were talking about how this university can be an asset to the world in healing some ache and healing racism that is just destroying our society, our one human family.
DeGioia stood with head bowed respectfully throughout the comments and joined in the applause of audience, then thanked Stewart for his attendance and trust. We know we cant do our best run alone, the president told, promising to engage the descendants in the design of a memorial and help them tracing long lost family members.
The incident was a stark reminder of the gap between reconciliation as an abstract notion and a flesh-and-blood reality. The presentation had included a glossy video with uplifting music celebrating the work of the 16 -member panel, whose report operates to 19,000 terms over 102 pages. Gaston Hall itself, with its elaborately painted walls, stained glass windows and wood cornicing is named after William Gaston, the colleges first student, who owned numerous slaves but also supported the abolition of slavery.
DeGioia met several families of descendants this summer. He said he accepted the panels call for the university, run by the Roman Catholic Jesuit order, to dedicate a full apology, and that this will draw upon the resources of our Catholic tradition and offer a mass of reconciliation in which we will seek forgiveness. He expressed hope this step could begin the journey of reconciliation, an ongoing journey.
The 18,000 -student university will create an institute to study the history of slavery and its legacies. A new department of African American studies will enroll its first students this autumn.
Georgetown will also rename two buildings, one after Isaac, the enslaved man whose name is the first mentioned in documents of the sale, the other for Anne Marie Becraft, a free African American woman who founded local schools for black girls in the Georgetown neighbourhood in 1827.
The builds had previously borne the name of presidents who supervised the 1838 marketing for $115,000, or approximately $3.3 m in todays dollars, to pay off debts. The 272 slaves were sent from Jesuit plantations in Maryland to Louisiana, where they labored under dreadful conditions, and families were broken up, according to the report.
DeGioia announced that the university will give their descendants the same admissions predilection as the children of faculty, staff and alumni. But he stopped short of promising the full scholarships that some have called for.
Even so, the measures go further than those taken by other American universities such as Harvard, Brown, Princeton and the University of North Carolina that are coming to terms with their past association with slavery.
The most common response that I received was, I had no idea the Jesuits had slaves, DeGioia told of the moment he announced his scheme a year ago. There is a disconnect between what is known and what is alive to us, alive in a way in which we understand ourselves, our history and our university.
He added: As their home communities and as individuals, we cannot do our best work if we refuse to take ownership of such a crucial component of our history.
The working group told all of the earliest buildings on campus were probably built with slave labor and the universitys reliance on slaves ran further than initially believed.
Royal, 53, an education advocate from New Orleans, welcomed the attention to the issue but felt excluded. Im fairly bittersweet, she said in an interview. Im glad something is happening but I look forward to something happening with us.
Fighting back tears, she added: We dont even have a seat up front. We were not invited, but we came anyway.
Royal told: An apology is absolutely meaningful but we really want to forge partnership agreements of working together towards mending and reconciliation. That must continue to be done with all of us as equals.
Sandra Green Thomas, a special projects director for the city of New Orleans, told of the report: It had a lot of very nice symbolic gestures in it but there were some things that I, including with regard to, and other descendants were go looking for that were absent.
I think its difficult for them to build conclusions about reconciliation and how best to reconcile with the group of people and organization when theyre not including the people who were affected by that organization and were, quite frankly, enslaved by that institution.
Read more: www.theguardian.com
Conspiracy theoreticians- in the Oval Office and out of it- await release of JFK files16 days ago
Kennedy assassination documents are to be released on Thursday. The weary witnes of experts cannot dampen the ardor of the individuals who say Oswald didnt do it
” What happened in the window is not true ,” said Ron Washington, holding a publication containing grisly autopsy photographs of the 35 th president of the United States.” It was only a decoy. Here’s the evidence .”
John F Kennedy was killed on 22 November 1963, about 15 m( 50 ft) from where we were standing on Friday, underneath the sixth-floor window from which Lee Harvey Oswald fired- or didn’t, depending on your point of view.
Washington has been on the occurrence for 27 years and comes to Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas to sell conspiracy theory literature to tourists outside the former Texas School Book Depository, which is now a JFK museum.
” I believe in the truth and evidence indicates, indicates, Oswald’s innocent ,” he said, gesturing towards the nearby grassy hill.” Try to understand that what happened in the window was only a decoy to draw the attention away from the gunman behind the fence .”
The imminent release of thousands of documents regarding the assassination is expected to shine at the least a faint light on the government’s investigations, possible its relation with Oswald and his foreign trip-ups, including a visit to Mexico City a few weeks before the shooting.
In 1992- the year after Oliver Stone’s JFK inspired fresh interest in the roles of US intelligence agencies in the case- Congress ordered the files to be released from the National Repository no later than 25 years from the date of the law’s enactment. That deadline is Thursday.
Trump praises Kim on Fox& Friends: ‘I want my people to do the same’18 days ago
President called Northern korean leader a strong head and said Obama had been essentially ready to go to war with the country
An” antsy and ” Donald Trump reportedly attempted to bringing his summit with Kim Jong-un of North Korea forward by a day, asking aides after arriving in Singapore last Sunday:” We’re here now. Why can’t we just do it ?”
The one-day summit, aimed at reducing the threat from nuclear-armed North Korea, went ahead as planned on Tuesday. But on Thursday night, citing two people” familiar with preparations for the event “, the Washington Post said the president’s impatience and a “tense” personnel meeting with North Korean officials left” left some aides fearful that the entire summit might be in peril “.
In a Friday morning interview on the White House lawn with Fox& Friends, meanwhile, Trump risked provoking critics when he said the North Korean dictator was ” the strong head” of his country.
” He speaks and his people sit up at attention ,” Trump told.” I want my people to do the same .”
The president also claimed his predecessor in the White House, Barack Obama, had been” essentially ready to go to war with North Korea”, and claimed to have “solved” the problem of the nuclear menace from Pyongyang.
The Post quoth” people familiar with the talks” in reporting how Trump’s request to move the summit was parried by senior members of his government. “Ultimately,” the Post wrote,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and White House press secretary Sarah Sanders persuaded Trump to stick with the original scheme, arguing that the president and his team could use the time to prepare .”
” They also ,” the report said,” advised him that he might sacrifice wall-to-wall television coverage of his summit if he abruptly moved the long-planned date to Monday in Singapore, which would be Sunday night in the United States .”
On Friday Trump’s remarks- and a video statement issued later- had to compete for TV attention with the president’s fierce criticism of a Department of Justice report, the FBI and its former director James Comey; the jailing of his former campaign manager, Paul Manafort; and the president’s announcement of tariffs against China, inspiring retaliatory measures from Beijing.
Trump’s preparation for the meeting with Kim was long a point of contention. In May, after North Korea criticised his vice-president, Mike Pence, Trump said the summit was cancelled. He later said his approach was not about preparation but” about position”, then told a press conference in Canada he would know ” within the first minute” if the summit would be a success. After satisfying Kim, he told reporters he and the dictator” got to know each other well in a very restricted period of time “.
The Trump-Kim summit has been widely criticised in the US, in most portion for the failure to secure written commitment to North Korean denuclearisation, which the Trump administration has repeatedly demanded. Trump told Fox on Friday” it’s in the agreement, it says’ he will denuclearise'” after a summit from which” we get everything “. Sanctions on North Korea would be” off when we’re sure there’s no more nuclear”, he said.
In fact, the agreement tells merely that North Korea” commits to work towards complete denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula “. Pompeo this week angrily told reporters the performance agreement did not contain all that was agreed in Singapore. In his video statement on Friday, Trump insisted:” This is the beginning of the process towards denuclearisation of North Korea.
” I sometimes tell,’ the de-nuking of North Korea’ and those are beautiful terms “.
In Singapore, Trump also signalled a major concession to Pyongyang when he said he would cancel US-South Korean military exercises– to the astound of South Korea and the US defense department.
The Post report also said Trump laughingly praised North Korean state TV, joking” that even … Fox News was not as lavish in its praise “. Footage of the president saluting a Northern korean general has also been widely criticised, as has Trump’s apparent dismissal of human rights concerns. The chairman repeatedly praised the North Korean leader for being” tough “.
Trump told Fox on Friday:” He’s the head of a country, he’s the strong head, don’t let anyone believe anything different. He speaks and his people sit up at attention. I want my people to do the same .” He afterward told a reporter he had been “kidding”. The reporter didn’t” understand satire”, he said.
Speaking to Fox, Trump also said:” When I was talking to President Obama, he was essentially ready to go to war with North Korea. I did ask him:’ Have you spoken to him ?’ He goes:’ No .’ I told:’ You think it would be a good notion to speak to him, perhaps? OK ?'”
Speaking to reporters, Trump said Obama told him North Korea’s atomic weapon were the” most dangerous problem” facing the US.” I have solved that problem ,” Trump said.” Now we’re getting it memorialized and all but that problem is largely solved .”
He also said he had given Kim” a very direct number” which meant the despot could” call me if he has any difficulty “.
” People are shocked ,” the president told, boasting about talks that followed abuse and threats between Washington and Pyongyang.” They believed Trump was going to get in, he’s going to start throwing bombs all over the place. It’s actually the opposite .”
Asked about his reluctance to criticise Kim’s human rights record, he said:” You know why? Because I don’t want to see a nuclear weapon to destroy you and your family .”
Trump also told Fox of his request for the return of remains of” likely 7,500″ US soldiers killed in the Korean war, which he claimed was already making outcomes. He told again that “parents” of such soldiers had appealed to him.
The Korean war took place between 1950 and 1953, which would build the survival of any parents of soldiers killed in the war highly unlikely.
Read more: www.theguardian.com