Saturday, 4 May 2019
The World can be a better and safer place. Nice!' - Donald Trump
'Anything in this very interesting world is possible, but I believe that Kim Jong Un fully realizes the great economic potential of North Korea, & will do nothing to interfere or end it,' Trump tweeted on Saturday morning, while en route to Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia from the White House.
Early on Saturday, North Korea conducted its first major weapons test since November 2017, firing a barrage of what the South Korean military described as 'unidentified short-range projectiles' into the sea off its east coast.
The South Korean military initially described it as a missile launch, but subsequently retracted that language in favor of a more vague description.
The incident marked a further breakdown in progress after Trump and Kim abruptly walked away from their second meeting, which took place in Hanoi in February.
Each side blamed the other for making unreasonable demands, with the North Korean delegation pinning the blame specifically on hardline National Security Advisor John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Trump's olive branch to Kim came amid a barrage of presidential tweets on Saturday morning, including one promising improved relations with Russia.
'Very good call yesterday with President Putin of Russia. Tremendous potential for a good/great relationship with Russia, despite what you read and see in the Fake News Media. Look how they have misled you on “Russia Collusion.” The World can be a better and safer place. Nice!' Trump wrote.
The President also touted his plans for infrastructure spending, the subject of a meeting earlier this week where Trump and Democratic Congressional leaders agreed on a tentative $2 trillion plan that would encompass highways, bridges, broadband and other infrastructure in addition to rail over many years.
'There is nothing easy about a USA Infrastructure Plan, especially when our great Country has spent an astounding 7 trillion dollars in the Middle East over the last 19 years, but I am looking hard at a bipartisan plan of 1 to 2 trillion dollars. Badly needed!' Trump wrote.
Trump's Twitter activity also included a salvo of criticism aimed at Facebook for its recent ban of several controversial figures, most of them conservative or right-wing.
He retweeted former InfoWars editor-at-large Paul Joseph Watson, who was among those Facebook banned as 'dangerous individuals'.