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A story of two Kims — and two Trump wins

Between his shocking Oval Workplace assembly with Kim Kardashian West and his historic summit with North Korean chief Kim Jong Un, the previous two weeks of the Trump presidency have been as significant as they’ve been unprecedented. In addition they function a window into the Trump presidency general — particularly on the subject of movie star.

The concept of a Kardashian within the White Home was initially the stuff of jokes. The tip results of her go to, nevertheless, was to shine a lightweight on sentencing and jail reform, ushering in a brand new period of pardons. Some are little doubt about producing some buzz, however some might also right actual injustices.

Even “Late Present” host Stephen Colbert, who’s a vocal critic of the president, started his present the night time of Alice Marie Johnson‘s pardon by stating that Trump did the appropriate factor.


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“I would like you to brace your self, as a result of this is a sentence I do not usually say: Donald Trump did one thing good,” the late-night host advised his viewers. “As we speak, he pardoned Alice Marie Johnson, a great-grandmother, first-time, nonviolent drug offender, who obtained a life sentence for cocaine possession… However possibly he did the appropriate factor for the flawed cause as a result of there was no formal authorized course of or evaluation, as there usually is. Trump simply commuted her sentence due to a gathering with Kim Kardashian. So, govt clemency is now only a reality-TV present.”

As a lot because the president’s critics prefer to scoff at movie star, it might have performed an sudden position within the U.S.-North Korean Summit, as properly. Former Chicago Bulls star Dennis Rodman, who appeared on “Movie star Apprentice,” then famously struck up an sudden friendship with Kim Jong Un, arrived in Singapore simply hours earlier than President Trump met with the North Korean chief.

North Korean chief Kim Jong Un (L) and former NBA star Dennis Rodman watch North Korean and U.S. gamers in an exhibition basketball sport at an enviornment in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Thu., Feb. 28, 2013.

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He then appeared Tuesday morning on ABC in a crimson “Make America Nice Once more” hat and advised Michael Strahan, “Individuals thought that I used to be making an attempt to overstep my boundaries, thought I used to be a dignitary, an envoy, human relations or one thing like that. However I used to be making an attempt to be somebody that brings peace between the 2 international locations.”

Rodman went on to share that White Home press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders known as him earlier than the summit to convey that “Trump was more than happy with the issues that I have been saying about our nation and about him,” including that President Obama at all times dismissed him as a joke.

We do not know if Rodman’s claims are official. But when they’re, it simply could have taken a fellow controversial movie star to see previous his notoriety to the validity in what he was saying. 

Was the North Korea summit a win? Most are being cautious, noting that there’s a honest quantity of uncertainty as as to if the U.S. and President Trump can really belief a murderous dictator like Kim Jong Un. There are additionally those that consider that no deal ought to have been struck with out addressing North Korea’s human rights abuses.

However most agree it is a begin. And there is a minimum of an opportunity the world is safer consequently.

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