Politicians and political pundits are reacting to the North Korea nuclear summit cancellation with a mix of support and skepticism.
The White House released a copy of a letter President Donald Trump sent to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un Thursday morning that announced the June 12 summit in Singapore was canceled. Reaction to the news came quickly.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo happened to appear in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Thursday morning. He revealed that another reason for the summit’s cancellation was that North Korea had not responded to multiple requests for information regarding logistics for the summit.
“We had received no response to our inquiries from them,” Pompeo said.
Attorney Alan Dershowitz told Fox News, “This is playing into Donald Trump’s strong suite. He knows how to make a deal, he knows how to walk away from the table, he knows how to offer to come back rot the table … Remember, we have most of the cards in this negotiation, and I think the president’s playing them well.”
“Obviously, the statement from North Korea made it clear to the president at this time [the summit] served no purpose,” King said. “I think this is, as they say in baseball, a long season. I don’t think it’s over.”
Reactions also came in via Twitter:
The cancellation by @POTUS of the North Korea Summit with Kim Jong Un has just increased the chances of war. The timing is particularly odd given that North Korea allegedly just destroyed parts of a nuclear test site as a show of good faith.
I strongly urge Trump to reconsider. https://t.co/NlEhM1JpFI
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) May 24, 2018
Unfortunate that summit in Singapore called off, but more unfortunate if Kim Jong Un thinks @realDonaldTrump is same as dealing w/ Pres Obama. Li’l Kim needs more time at negotiating table and less time at his table at the Golden Corral.
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) May 24, 2018
Kim Jun Un, in the words of a wise man “Congratulations, you just played yourself”. Withdrawing from talks with #NKorea is 100% the right decision. #KJU doesn’t want a deal. He has deliberately sabotaged the talks over the last two weeks & was setting us up to take the blame.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) May 24, 2018
Many of us feared that the summit between @POTUS & Kim Jong-Un would be a great show that produced nothing enduring. If a summit is to be reconstituted, the US must show strength & achieve a concrete, verifiable, enduring elimination of Kim Jong-Un’s nuclear capabilities.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) May 24, 2018
Kim Jong Un is a murderous despot and habitual liar. The President made the right call to cancel this summit. If North Korea wants diplomacy, it should know that half-measures and spin about its nuclear program won’t cut it.
— Senator Ben Sasse (@SenSasse) May 24, 2018
HATCH: As @SecPompeo has said, this is not about a deal but about achieving outcomes. The talks with North Korea, if they do happen, will take place at the right time. In the meantime, we should all stand behind our leaders as they pursue this sensitive diplomatic effort. #utpol
— Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) May 24, 2018
The art of diplomacy is a lot harder than the art of the deal.
It’s amazing to me that the administration is somehow shocked the North Koreans are acting as North Koreans act. https://t.co/7lBC8fTuA5
— Senator Bob Menendez (@SenatorMenendez) May 24, 2018
The Administration’s approach to North Korea from start to finish has been one long amateur hour. In that way, it is not much different from Trump’s approach to many other issues. But the difference is that with North Korea the stakes could not be higher. https://t.co/xweQfI5ncv
— Susan Rice (@AmbassadorRice) May 24, 2018
This is a disappointing development, but my hope is that there can be a way for our two countries to continue dialogue and work towards the possibility of rescheduling this summit. https://t.co/Ut7J8AtsND
— Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey) May 24, 2018
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