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The Art of the Deal

Gamesmanship at its best!

The June 12 summit is still a possibility!

A DAY AFTER CANCELLING MEETING WITH KIM JONG-UN, TRUMP SAYS:

We’re talking to them right now. They very much want to do it. We’d like to do it.”

From News Outlets

A DAY EARLIER:

”Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting,” Trump wrote in the letter to the North Korean dictator that was released by the White House on Thursday.

North Korean officials called Vice President Mike Pence a “political dummy” and threatened to quit the summit after Pence suggested that North Korea could end up like Libya if it refused to make a deal and denuclearize the Korean peninsula.

The president expressed disappointment that the “wonderful dialogue” that was building between the two leaders was disintegrating but thanked Kim for releasing the hostages.

‘THANKS FOR RELEASING THE HOSTAGES’

“I want to thank you for the release of the hostages who are now home with their families,” Trump said. “That was a beautiful gesture and was very much appreciated.”

He also ridiculed Kim’s nuclear arsenal, reminding North Korea that the United States had a much greater force.

“You talk about your nuclear capabilities, but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used,” Trump wrote.

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TRUMP MADE THE RIGHT DECISION

New York Post Editorial

Looks like President Trump just called Kim Jong-un’s bluff.

Trump on Thursday abruptly called off next month’s scheduled historic summit in Singapore, calling it “inappropriate” in the face of the North Korean leader’s “tremendous anger and open hostility.”

Earlier in the week, North Korea, apparently convinced that Trump is preoccupied with winning a Nobel Peace Prize, goaded him by suggesting he would “be recorded as a more tragic and unsuccessful president than his predecessors, far from his initial ambition to make unprecedented success.”

But Trump’s cancellation letter turned the tables by thanking Kim for his “time, patience and effort” and inviting him to “call me or write” if he changes his mind.

And in response to Pyongyang’s overnight threat that Washington would face a “nuclear-to-nuclear showdown” and “an appalling tragedy” if it pulled out of the summit, Trump pointedly warned: “You talk about your nuclear capabilities, but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used.”

Good for him. On every level, it was the wise thing to do and made clear he meant it when he said he was prepared to walk away.

As it is, he’s already made history by offering Kim what he most wanted — the chance to sit down face to face and negotiate with an American president.

But Team Trump wants rapid (a year or less) and total denuclearization, with sanctions relief coming only when North Korea fulfills its obligations. Kim wants a much longer process that starts with sanctions relief and de facto recognition as a nuclear state.

That is, what the last prez gave Iran.

But Kim’s shakedown strategy (which Pyongyang used with past presidents) just failed — because it met a president who refused to take the bait.

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North Korea frees Americans

Huge win for Trump and new Secretary of State Pompeo!

Mark Moore, New York Post

President Trump announced on Twitter Wednesday that three Americans being held in North Korea are “in the air” and returning to the United States with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

“I am pleased to inform you that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is in the air and on his way back from North Korea with the 3 wonderful gentlemen that everyone is looking so forward to meeting,” the President wrote. “They seem to be in good health. Also, good meeting with Kim Jong Un. Date & Place set.”

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Five minutes later he updated with news of their impending arrival.

“Secretary Pompeo and his “guests” will be landing at Andrews Air Force Base at 2:00 A.M. in the morning. I will be there to greet them. Very exciting!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

The White House said Trump “appreciates” Kim’s releasing the American citizens and “views this as a positive gesture of goodwill.”

“The three Americans appear to be   in good condition and were all able to walk on the plane without assistance,” the White House said in a statement. “All Americans look forward to welcoming them home and to seeing them reunited with their loved ones.”

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Kim Hak Song, Kim Dong Chul and Kim Sang Dok. (Photo via DailyMail.com)

Kim Sang Dok has been held by the regime since April 2017 after he was picked up at the Pyongyang Airport as he was preparing to leave the country for committing “hostile criminal acts.”

Kim Dong Chul, a South Korean business and naturalized American citizen, has been detained since October 2015 on espionage charges.

And Kim Hak Song has been in North Korea custody since May 2017 also for “hostile acts.”

THE RIGHT DECISION

The United States does not make empty threats.”

Bottom line: You do not give nuclear capabilities to a terrorist nation that chants Death to America!

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TRUMP NUKES IRAN DEAL!

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OH, DEAR, THE WEAK-KNEED LADIES OF EUROPE ARE UPSET!

The so-called leaders of France, England and Germany express “Regret and Concern” over Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal.

UPDATE

Iranian MPs Burn American Flag, Chant ‘Death to America’ Following Nuclear-Deal Withdrawal

We rest our case!