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.
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.