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Trump Tried to Sell Kim on No Nukes with Hotels and Real Estate
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13 Jun 2018 07:24 PM EST

By Laura Tucker, Staff writer; Image: Donald Trump (Image source: Screenshot)


You always have to go back to what you know. What enticed many of Donald Trump's followers is that he wasn't a politician, and he promised he was going to drain the swamp. So far he seems to have been draining his own swamp more than any other. And when he doesn't prepare, he has to rely on what he knows: entertainment and real estate.


Trump bragged that he didn't need to prepare for his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. He left many believing he was going to wing it. It seems like he may have done just that now that details are coming out.  

First we learned that he shared a fake movie trailer with Kim of how he would be looked at as a hero if he gave up his nukes. And now we are also learning that to show him how great his country could be without nuclear weapons, he told him he could build hotels and real estate, something the real estate tycoon knows a lot about.


While still in Singapore, Trump was asked by journalists about the human rights record of North Korea and what the country could look like if it had complete denuclearization. He talked about what he knew, how great the economy would be if they built up the country. He explained he talked to Kim about the potential of building condos and hotels on the beach. 

"Kim Jong Un is saying he wants a brighter future with prosperity for his people," stated an American journalist. "We know they lived under oppression. You showed the video of what the future could be like. Do you have an idea specifically of the model that he would like to go toward?"


Trump told the journalist it was a "good question" and then discussed the video that was mentioned. He showed Kim and his delegation a video that showed two possible outcomes for the U.S. and North Korea: "one of moving back and one of moving forward." It left the thought that if Kim wanted to bring his country out of "isolation," that he needed to "shake the hand of peace." 

"You saw the tape today," Trump replied. "I think it was done really well. That was done at the highest level of future development. I told him, you may not want this. You may want to do a smaller version of this. I mean, you got to do something. You may want to do a smaller version. You may not want trains and everything. Super-everything."


But this is where it was hard for him to hide the real estate tycoon within him. "As an example, they have great beaches," Trump suggested. "You see that whenever they are exploding their cannons into the ocean. I said, boy, look at that view, wouldn't that make a great condo?" 

And that's where Trump separates himself from others. The rest of the world sees Kim shooting off cannons and doing nuclear testing in videos, but Trump is busy looking at beautiful beaches and thinking how he'd like to develop it.


"And I explained it. I said, instead of doing that, you could have the best hotels in the world," Trump continued. "Think of it from the real estate prospective. You have South Korea, you have China, and they own the land in the middle. How bad is that, right? It's great." 

Trump then explained the reaction he got from Kim, saying that he "looked at that tape. He looked at that iPad. I'm telling you, they really enjoyed it, I believe. Okay?"


Trump can act like a politician. He can do the right things, or in some cases the wrong things. But when he wants to succeed, he relies on what he knows, entertainment and real estate. That's the only way he knows to impress people, with ratings and entertainment. And that's the only way he knows how to create a successful economy, with real estate.

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