The Emmy Nominations were released this morning, and Tori will have more thoughts on those this afternoon, but today’s biggest snub had nothing to do with television.
First, a little context.
On June 12th, Donald Trump held what he regarded as a very successful summit with Kim Jong-un.
On June 13th, Donald Trump claimed that U.S. parents had pleaded with him to bring back the remains of their sons from the Korean War.
“The soldiers that died in Korea, their remains are going to be coming back home,” he told Fox News aboard Air Force One.
“And we have thousands of people that have asked for that, thousands and thousands of people. So many people asked when I was on the campaign, I’d say ‘Wait a minute, I don’t have any relationship…’, but they said, ‘When you can President, we’d love our son to be brought back home’. You know the remains.
I’m not sure how many “thousands” of parents of soldiers from the Korean War are still alive, because they’d be over 100 years old, but bygones. I guess.
On June 15th, Fox & Friends asked Donald Trump about the remains of U.S. soldiers still in North Korea. Here’s what Trump said: “I asked [Kim Jong-un], the remains, I’d like to get them. He said ‘yes, we will do that,’ ” Trump said. “They are already starting to produce the remains of these great young soldiers who were left in North Korea.”
A week later, on June 20th, Trump said, “We got back our great fallen heroes, the remains sent back today, already 200 got sent back.”
The day after that, on June 21st, Trump amended that statement, saying they were in the process of sending back those remains. “And I understand … that they’ve already sent back or are in the process of sending back the remains of our great heroes who died in North Korea during the war.”
On June 23rd, the U.S. military moved 100 wooden coffins to the inter-Korean border to prepare for the receipt of those remains.
Those remains were never returned.
Today, July 12th, a month after the summit, U.S. officials were set to meet with North Korean leaders to “continue discussions” about the repatriation of those remains.
North Korea never showed up. “There was no call or explanation from North Korean officials on why they skipped the meeting,” according to CNN. “Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ignored a question about the apparent snub when asked by reporters traveling with him in Brussels on Thursday.”
How many times is Trump gonna get played by the North Koreans? Three weeks ago, Trump lied and said that the remains had already been returned, but a month later, and Trump can’t even get the North Koreans to show up to negotiate their return.