The US government has issued an official commemorative coin for President Donald Trump’s summit with Kim Jong Un — a summit that has not happened yet. The coin, pictured above, is more than a little troubling. An official American coin with a likeness of Kim Jong Un on it that refers to him as “Supreme Leader” feels off, to say the least, given that his government is currently holding at least 120,000 of its own people in vicious camps designed specifically to hold and punish political prisoners.
The coin also depicts Trump and Kim looking at each other eye to eye, as if they’re on equal footing — exactly the kind of status boost that the pariah regime in Pyongyang wants to achieve in this summit. But the most fundamental issue with the coin is that the summit has not yet taken place. Trump is preemptively celebrating the summit itself as a major accomplishment, making it harder for him to walk away and declare failure if North Korea isn’t as cooperative as he expects.
Less than a month to Trump-Kim summit, White House Communications Agency (WHCA) releases its “trip coin.”
This is #74 of 250 made. pic.twitter.com/UTEJg1GyWv
— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) May 21, 2018
It’s sort of surprising that someone inside the Trump White House would think to put Dear Leader on equal footing w/ him on a commemorative coin. Then again…
— David M. Drucker (@DavidMDrucker) May 21, 2018
You know, say what you will, but impressively, all the words on the coins are spelled correctly. https://t.co/oHFju0x5E9
— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) May 21, 2018
Is this normal? Did Reagan mint a coin pre-summit with Gorbachev? (*Not* comparing the leaders). Doesn’t it seem super counter productive and risky? And putting a murderous dictator on an American coin? Also, who buys them? https://t.co/cT4iRuJgAr
— Julie Wilcox WX (@JulieWilcoxWX) May 21, 2018
There’s now a White House Military Office coin for the upcoming Trump Kim Jong Un summit. The North Korean dictator is referred to as “Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un.” pic.twitter.com/tFAmE813Y1
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) May 21, 2018