It's Off: Pres. Trump Cancels "Inappropriate" Summit With Kim Jong Un
WASHINGTON -- President Donald Trump has pulled out of the June 12 summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
In a letter sent to Pyongyang dated May 24, President Trump says he decided to cancel next month's Singapore summit because of recent comments made by Kim and his representatives.
"I was very much looking forward to being there with you. 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.
Therefore, please let this letter serve to represent that the Singapore summit, for the good of both parties, but to the detriment of the world, will not take place."
Trump withdrew from the summit after a North Korean vice minister of foreign affairs called Vice President Mike Pence a "political dummy" on Wednesday. The president and his aides were reportedly "infuriated" by the comment and other comments recently made by Kim and his representatives.
Trump closed the letter by saying, "The world, and North Korea in particular, has lost a great opportunity for lasting peace and great prosperity and wealth. This missed opportunity is a truly sad moment in history."
🚨 Trump letter to Kim Jong Un canceling the summit:
"Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your recent statement, I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting." pic.twitter.com/5QoYaD9pmK
— David S. Joachim (@davidjoachim) May 24, 2018
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