"What if we've been overthinking foreign policy all along and what the world really needed was a movie trailer."
The New York Times on Tuesday released its own version of the movie trailer President Donald Trump showed North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at their summit in Singapore.
The two-minute video features video footage from the White House's nearly five-minute version interspersed with The Times Opinion Section's own commentary, which takes shots at Trump's North Korea diplomacy.
"What if we've been overthinking foreign policy all along and what the world really needed was a movie trailer," the narrator dramatically intones. "No really, this actually happened. Trump made a fake movie trailer to deal with an actual nuclear threat."
The Times goes on to mock Trump for allegedly being diplomatically bested by Kim after for years trashing the Obama administration's nuclear deal with Iran as too generous -- and simply for promoting a cheesy movie (which reporters reportedly at first mistook for North Korean propaganda).
"From the administration who tanked the Iran nuclear deal, which eliminated 98 percent of Iran's enriched uranium, comes an epic mashup of stock footage, like these horses running through water, this guy dunking, and this girl in a field," the narrator says as corresponding images from the White House's movie flash across the screen.
"In his performance, Trump doesn't hold back, suspending military exercises with South Korea," the narrator says later. "As for Kim, he gives nothing really, because he made no concessions."
The Times' trailer captures many of the criticisms of Trump's summit with Kim on Tuesday, in which he overturned decades of American foreign policy by agreeing to the first-ever meeting between a sitting US president president and a North Korean leader.
Trump claimed success in the pageantry-laden diplomatic event, pointing to the agreement he signed with Kim that commits North Korea to "complete denuclearization" of the Korean Peninsula. Although the document is ambiguous and offers no timetable or enforcement mechanism for the North to dismantle its nuclear arsenal, Trump said after the summit that he trusts Kim to follow through.
However, many saw Kim as the big winner of the day. In addition to be treated as an equal to the US president on the world stage, the brutal dictator was
While Trump said in a press conference after the meeting that he had broached the subject of North Korea's atrocious human rights record, he mostly flattered Kim and expressed confidence in the dictator's commitment to dismantling his nuclear arsenal.
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The trailer also pokes fun at Trump and Kim's fiery rhetorical exchanges last summer, during which Trump dubbed the North Korean leader "Little Rocket Man" and threatened to unleash "fire and fury" and to "totally destroy" the country if it continued to threaten the United States or its allies.
Kim responded by dismissing the president as a "mentally deranged dotard" who would "pay dearly" for his threats.
"Donald Trump plays the dotard, and Kim Jong Un is rocket man," says the narrator.
A series of movie trailer-like reviews of the summit wrap up the trailer, complete with on-screen text:
"'Many people are saying this could be a nobel prize winning performance.' -- Many People."
"'Holy sh*t I can't believe this is real.' -- New York Times."
And "What about Kim Jong-un human rights violations and these concentration camps?" -- Critics."
The narrator's last line -- "Coming to North Korea on a smuggled thumb drive soon" -- is followed by audio of Trump complimenting Kim: "Really, he's got a great personality, he's a funny guy, he's a very smart guy, he's a great negotiator."