On Wednesday, news broke that 3 Americans being held hostage in North Korea would be released and sent home. This is excellent news and a great story for Americans everywhere to celebrate. And of course, Trump rushed in to take credit and make lots of untrue claims about the whole ordeal.
According to Trump, he used his super duper powerful negotiating powers to work out the release of the hostages from North Korea. Trump claims after President Obama tried and failed in the past, but that is laughably inaccurate.
1) Two of the hostages were taken by North Korea during Donald Trump’s presidency. Trump said: “As everybody is aware, the past Administration has long been asking for three hostages to be released from a North Korean Labor camp, but to no avail.”
How could Obama have tried “with no avail” to get 2 of the 3 prisoners released that were captured when his administration had already left office?
This is just another example of Trump blaming Obama for something he had no control over. The actual fact is that one of the hostages occurred on Obama’s watch, not all three. Trump is twisting the truth to make himself look good to the public.
2) During President Obama’s time in office, North Korea released numerous hostages back to the United States. Anyone actually paying attention at all realizes that North Korea has a history of randomly deciding to play nice with the U.S., so the release of the hostages is really nothing new or surprising.
Trump would like you to believe that he was able to strong arm Kim Jong Un into doing something he didn’t want to do, but that’s not the case. This was business as usual for North Korea.
Fact is, North Korea routinely releases hostages back to the United States, but Trump is the only president that hops on Twitter to brag and twist the truth about it.
This is par for the course for a president whose entire agenda is to dismantle every progressive accomplish made under Obama and also to blame Obama for everything wrong in the entire world.It’s getting old. How’s it coming, Mr. Mueller?