Trump on North Korea: ‘Democrats are so obviously rooting against us’

· May 25, 2018  
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A day after President Donald Trump sent a letter to Kim Jong Un outlining his intention to withdraw from a planned summit in Singapore on June 12, North Korea has made overtures to try to keep the summit moving forward. According to Defense Secretary James Mattis, the meeting may be “back on.”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told a Senate panel yesterday that North Korea had gone silent on negotiations for the summit. Pompeo told the senators that the U.S. is willing to come back to the negotiating table if North Korea is willing. On Friday, it seemed that tensions were thawing.

Late Thursday, North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye-gwan said, “We express our willingness to sit down face-to-face with the U.S. and resolve issues anytime and in any format.”

In a tweet Friday morning, Trump signaled he was encouraged by the overture.

Trump also blamed Democrats for “rooting against us in our negotiations with North Korea.”

When asked about the summit on Friday, Secretary Mattis told reporters, “We have got some, possibly some good news on the Korea summit, where it may, if our diplomats can pull it off, may have it back on even.” Mattis added, “Our president just sent out a note about that a few moments ago…That is a usual give and take, you know, of trying to put together big summits and stuff.”

Many Democrats including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi hit the president for his letter yesterday. Pelosi said the letter must have sent Kim Jong Un into a “giggle fit.”

If the summit goes forward, does that mean Donald Trump will have the last laugh?


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Author: Rob Eno

Robert Eno is the director of research for Conservative Review. He is a conservative from deep blue Massachusetts but now lives in Greenville, SC.