John Bolton’s National Security Council Confesses it Was Behind Trump’s NoKo Propaganda Trailer

Moments before President Donald Trump‘s press conference at his Singapore summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, a video was played for the reporters assembled. The four-minute clip, described by perplexed reporters in the room as a cheap Hollywood-style trailer, opens with panoramic shots of vistas, space, and bustling cosmopolitan centers. An iMovie-esque title card reads “A Destiny Pictures Production.” The trailer is heavy on the messaging to the North Korean leader. As footage of Trump and Kim runs alongside some weird shots of a girl frolicking in a field, a narrator doing his best In a World impression declares:
 Two men, two leaders, one destiny. A story about a special moment in time, when a man is presented with one chance which may never be repeated. What will he choose? To show vision and leadership? Or not?

The trailer even shouts-out the apparent production “Destiny Pictures presents a story of opportunity: A new story, a new beginning, one of peace.” Oddly, Destiny Pictures doesn’t seem to exist. And the head of a production company of that name, after being bombarded with press requests, vehemently denied he was behind the video. So what the hell is going on here? Who thought it was a good idea to make a trailer deifying Trump, the U.S. president and Kim, a murderous dictator, as two great leaders working together for future peace and prosperity? According to the White House, it was the National Security Council. You heard that right. John Bolton‘s National Security Council. Run by the same mustachioed foreign policy adviser on such a determined warpath against Pyongyang he reportedly tried to sabotage this week’s summit in a variety of ways. An NSC spokesman said in a statement: “The video was created by the National Security Council to help the president demonstrate the benefits of complete denuclearization, and a vision of a peaceful and prosperous Korean peninsula.” Kellyanne Conway confirmed the NSC’s crafting of the trailer news on Fox & Friends Wednesday morning. And before you think the NSC is run by holdovers from the HR McMaster era, remember Bolton cleaned house when he arrived. “It’s Bolton’s NSC, he owns that thing body and soul,” Heritage Foundation analyst John Carafano said on Wednesday. Trump explained in his Tuesday press conference that the film was a bid to demonstrate to Kim what the future of North Korea could be. “I think he loved it,” Trump said. “I thought they were fascinated by it,” he added, and praised the NSC’s Destiny Pictures production company: “I thought it was well done. I showed it to you because that is the future.” Fans of Destiny Pictures will be glad to hear the trailer promised a sequel:
“What if a people that share a common and rich heritage can find a common future? Their story is well known, but what will be their sequel?”
A romcom, maybe? [image via screengrab] — Follow Aidan McLaughlin (@aidnmclaughlin) on Twitter

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