Trump claims Democrats are ‘rooting against us’ in North Korea talks
A day after abruptly canceling his planned summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, President Trump said that Democrats are rooting against his administration’s talks with the rogue regime.
“Democrats are so obviously rooting against us in our negotiations with North Korea,” Trump said in an early Friday tweet.
“Just like they are coming to the defense of MS 13 thugs, saying that they are individuals & must be nurtured, or asking to end your big Tax Cuts & raise your taxes instead. Dems have lost touch!” he added.
Democrats have been highly critical of Trump’s decision Thursday to pull out of the nuclear summit, which had been scheduled for June 12 in Singapore.
In his letter to Kim, the president cited increasingly hostile rhetoric from Pyongyang as the reason for pulling the plug on the much-ballyhooed meeting.
But Trump also appeared to be pleased by a subsequent statement from North Korea that it was still willing to sit down for talks with the US “at any time, at any format.”
A statement by Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan said Pyongyang was “willing to give the US time and opportunities” to reconsider the summit.
“Very good news to receive the warm and productive statement from North Korea. We will soon see where it will lead, hopefully to long and enduring prosperity and peace. Only time (and talent) will tell!” the president said in a separate tweet.
Meanwhile, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said Friday that Trump felt North Korea was “playing him,” which is one reason he canceled the summit.
“It could be the worst divorce in the history of the world or we could all get back together,” Graham told NBC’s “Today” show of the decision.
“I talked to the president yesterday, and he said he thought they were playing him,” he said.
Graham said one way to get the talks back on track is to convince the hermit kingdom that the US is willing to employ its military might.
“I believe [North Korea] believes that we will use military force,” he said. “For 30 years they have played us. They understand our election cycle, they’re trying to run out the clock.
“If military action is required, they’re going to lose, it will be devastating to the region. And if there’s a war, it’s going to be in China’s back yard,” he said.
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