Coming Attractions: Trump Showed Kim a Faux Movie Trailer About a Transformed North Korea
Mr. Trump said Mr. Kim “loved the idea” when the idea was shown to him. “in which was a variation of what could happen, what could take place,” the president told reporters. “As an example, they have great beaches. You see in which whenever they’re exploding their cannons into the ocean, right? I said, ‘Boy, look at the view. Wouldn’t in which make a great condo behind?’”
“along with I explained, I said, ‘You know, instead of doing in which, you could contain the best hotels within the globe right there.’ Think of the idea through a real estate perspective.”
Mark McKinnon, a seasoned political ad maker who ran media for President George W. Bush’s campaigns, said the video was “obviously quite shlocky” for a broader audience, although could be effective in influencing its intended target.
“At bottom, the idea’s very Great storytelling — something obviously Trump understands,” Mr. McKinnon said. Citing the former governor of Texas ousted by Mr. Bush, he added: “Ann Richards used to say, ‘Dumb the idea down so my mama can understand the idea.’ Or you know, so a foreign dictator can. Over all, a pretty creative along with clever move.”
although veteran diplomats along with foreign policy scholars were warier. “I was speechless when I first saw the idea,” said Alexander R. Vershbow, who served as ambassador to South Korea under Mr. Bush. “Pure Trump with Hollywood production values, showing what Kim Jong-un along with North Korea might be like if they make the fateful choice to trade in their nukes for economic prosperity.”
Sung-Yoon Lee, a Korean studies professor at Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law along with Diplomacy, was even less impressed, calling the idea “eerily reminiscent of second-rate South Korean government promotional videos.” In fact, although the White House said the idea was made by the National Security Council, she said she instinctively suspected the South Koreans might have created the idea along with gave the idea to Mr. Trump.
“Will the idea have any impact?” she asked. “Most likely, This specific patronizing act will give Kim a Great laugh. the idea may also irritate along with, paradoxically, reassure him at the same time — within the knowledge in which his two adversaries are utterly clueless.”