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'Everybody Plays Games': Trump Says North Korea Meeting May Go Ahead Just One Day After Cancelling

The president's words mean nothing when it comes to the insular nuclear-armed country.

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Donald Trump broke off his burgeoning relationship with the “honorable” Kim Jong-un on Thursday with a letter that contains some truly staggering statements.

You talk about your nuclear capabilities, but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used.

I felt a wonderful dialog was building up between you and me, and ultimately it is only that dialog that matters.

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While this may read like an excerpt from Fifty Shades of Orange, Trump still informed Kim that the planned negotiations were “inappropriate” at this time. Which, despite Republican efforts to make both accepting and rejecting a meeting with Kim “the right decision” did leave those promoting Trump’s Nobel Prize in the lurch.

But not for long. Because apparently all Donald Trump was looking for was one signal from Kim that that what was “building up between” them was still here. As reflected in today’s White House pool report:

Trump: We’ll see what happens. It could even be the 12th. We’re talking to them now. They very much want to do it. We’d like to do it. We’re going to see what happens.

Reporter: Is North Korea just playing games?

Trump: Everybody plays games.

True to form, Donald Trump seems to be negotiating over nuclear weapons with the same care, and the same tactics, he used to stiff contractors for plumbing. 

The June 12 was the scheduled date for the Singapore get together that Trump canceled on Thursday, and now Trump is leaving open the possibility of hitting that date after all … which is either going to really please, or terribly disappoint, the people who bought all those coins.

Trump’s statements came after what he called “a very statement,” from North Korea. Which was apparently in reference to North Korean Foreign Ministry official Kim Kye Gwan. Though that statement, in which the official complained that Trump’s decision to suspend the meeting was "not consistent with the desire of humankind for peace and stability" did not include any sort of apology for either threats of a “nuclear to nuclear showdown” or remarks in which Mike Pence was referred to as a “political dummy.” 

 

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Mark Sumner is the author of the nonfiction work "The Evolution of Everything" as well as several novels including "Devil's Tower."