Sometimes Trump just dumbfounds me. Trump tweeted today:
While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out. At least I know China tried!
@realDonaldTrump, 6:38 PM – 20 Jun 2017
As in, “Oh, well! Thanks for trying, China! You win some, you lose some! At least you tried!”
Of course, Trump’s tweet begs the questions, what hasn’t worked out? and how do you know China tried?
Apparently, Trump administration officials are as confused as I am with one saying bluntly that they didn’t know what Trump was referencing when asked what the tweet meant, reports CNN.
So what does this tweet mean? Is he trying to portray a friendliness with China, or is he calling them losers for failing to “work out” a deal with North Korea? Whatever this deal was, why is he tweeting about it publicly, bypassing normal diplomatic protocols?
Trump is completely out of his depth when it comes to East Asia diplomacy, and this tweet shows that he has no clue how to conduct any sort of diplomacy. Unless he’s got some sort of so-crazy-it’s-gotta-work plan, conducting diplomacy through Twitter is sheer nonsense.
Despite Trump’s bluster, I don’t think Trump is taking North Korea seriously and careless tweets like this may undermine serious efforts by the State Department to deal with North Korea.