Speed Reads


Trump says Tillerson is 'wasting his time' on North Korea negotiations

President Trump took to Twitter Sunday to announce that it is futile for Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to attempt to handle U.S.-North Korea tensions with diplomacy — while Tillerson is on a diplomatic visit to Asia addressing North Korea.

Tillerson said Saturday after meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping that the United States is in direct communication with Pyongyang. "We're not in a dark situation, a blackout," he told reporters.

Trump himself is scheduled to tour Japan, South Korea, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines in November, a trip the White House says will involve talks to accomplish the "complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula" — unless, perhaps, Trump wants to save his own energy, too? After all, he reportedly believes every human body is born with a finite amount of energy, like a battery, and thus eschews exercise as a sure means to an early death. Maybe averting nuclear war just runs down the old battery too much.