Trump Abruptly Cancels Mike Pompeo's North Korea Visit as His Diplomatic 'Victory' Is Exposed as a Fraud
President Donald Trump announced without warning Friday that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's upcoming visit to North Korea will be canceled, revealing that his supposed "victory" in diplomatic relations with the rogue regime is a complete sham.
"I have asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo not to go to North Korea, at this time, because I feel we are not making sufficient progress with respect to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," Trump said in a tweet. "Additionally, because of our much tougher Trading stance with China, I do not believe they are helping with the process of denuclearization as they once were (despite the UN Sanctions which are in place)."
He added: "Secretary Pompeo looks forward to going to North Korea in the near future, most likely after our Trading relationship with China is resolved. In the meantime I would like to send my warmest regards and respect to Chairman Kim. I look forward to seeing him soon!"
It's worth noting that Trump had said after his famous summit with leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore that there was no longer a nuclear threat from North Korea.
Many observers and commentators warned the Trump was far too optimistic in hoping for an easy solution to the tensions with North Korea and that his haphazard diplomacy was bound to fail. People also rightly predicted that Trump's decision to wage a trade war with China could undermine efforts to place pressure on Kim's regime — which Trump now acknowledges is happening.
"Pompeo was under enormous pressure to show that diplomacy was working on this trip," reported CNN's Kaitlan Collins. "His last one didn’t go so well — he got jerked about by the North Koreans and Kim canceled on him in the end. Trump has been expressing frustration privately."