Trump’s Sudden Cancellation of the North Korean Summit Is a Stupendous Blunder - the Drive
I can guess what worthless coins might be coming to my furnace soon. Nobel Peace prize? Pull the other one.
I have repeatedly lauded Donald Trump for being ready and willing to talk directly with Kim Jong Un going back to the early stages of his Presidential campaign. Now, less than three months after the President giddily accepted Kim Jong Un’s request for direct talks, and the brief but dramatic thawing of tensions that followed, the President has decided to pull out of the summit via a bizarrely worded letter that lacks substantial justification. The move is a massive strategic and diplomatic misstep and makes the U.S. look weak and untrustworthy, not the opposite.
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Here is the letter in full:
The tone of the letter is beyond strange and it is largely self-contradicting. It’s collegial, calling Kim by his official party moniker, and thanking him for the negotiations leading up to the summit. It goes on to say that Trump was looking forward to being at the planned June 12th and meeting with Kim. Then it says the reasoning behind pulling out of the meeting is because of the “tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement.”