Thurs. 10:10 a.m.: Trump cancels North Korean summit, citing ‘tremendous anger’
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is canceling the planned June 12 summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, citing the “tremendous anger and open hostility” in a recent statement from North Korea.
Trump says in a letter to Kim released today by the White House that based on the statement, he felt it was “inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting.”
The president says the North Koreans talk about their nuclear capabilities, “but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used.”
President Donald Trump says North Korea’s leader should not “hesitate to call me or write” if he changes his mind about their now-canceled summit.
While Trump did not explain specifically what triggered his decision, a statement from the North Korean government had referred to Vice President Mike Pence as a “political dummy” and said it is just as ready to meet in a nuclear confrontation as at the negotiating table.
But Trump tells Kim “please do not hesitate to call me or write” should he change his mind about a one-on-one meeting.