May 24, 2018, 1:13 PM ET

'A bit of a setback' one congressman says of canceling North Korea summit

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In the wake of President Donald Trump's cancelation of a planned nuclear summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, members of Congress were quick to play the blame game.

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Some members of Congress lauded Trump, saying he made the right decision to call off the summit if North Korea did not intend on getting rid of its nuclear weapons, while others are blaming Trump for his "amateur" antics and lack of preparation.

"My understanding is it's been difficult to communicate with them over the last short period of time, maybe Kim Jong Un is having some second thoughts," said Sen. Bob Corker, chairman of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on Thursday morning. "There's been some feelings recently that maybe they were not sure, maybe not quite ready if you will on the North Korean side to have this kind of meeting. We need to make sure if we're going to have this meeting, it's going to be productive."

The House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman, Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif, said in a statement that the administration should continue to apply diplomatic pressure to North Korea.

“Our goal is to peacefully end North Korea’s nuclear threats. The administration should continue to look for opportunities while applying maximum diplomatic and financial pressure against Kim Jong Un. Our allies – including South Korea and Japan – need to stand with the United States. There can be no daylight between us,” Royce said in a statement.

Some Democrats criticized the president, saying that the decision showed that he was not prepared to deal with the tactics of Kim Jong Un.

Sen. Bob Menendez, ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, told reporters that Trump had failed at the art of diplomacy.

"The art of diplomacy is a lot harder than the art of the deal," Menendez said.

"Look, I have said all along that it is a lack of a strategy, and deep preparation that is needed before you agree to entering such a high profile summit. So Kim Jong Un already received some of what he wanted in recognition that he could be seen as reasonable. And it’s amazing to me that this administration is somehow shocked that the North Koreans are acting as North Korea acts," he said.

Sen. Rand Paul blamed the canceled summit on the "bombastic rhetoric" coming from both Trump and Kim Jong Un.

"There's a problem, sort of sometimes, with bombastic rhetoric on both sides, that if [we] dialed the rhetoric down and try to have normal diplomatic language between the countries, we might have a better chance of having a summit," the Kentucky Republican said.

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  • dotard-award

    Pretty irresponsible of our President to send the cancellation letter WHILE foreign journalists including Americans were inside North Korea for the press viewing of the supposed site destruction. I'm sure they were saying thanks for having my back CHUMP.

  • William Bahr

    Oh my God! So is the Nobel Prize party at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. Also postponed?

  • Lee Thompson

    I want to know why Trump didn't advise SK before he issued his statement. An ally, so crucial to us in the Pacific and so clearly integral in this summit, is deserving of notice.

  • Lee Thompson

    Had Obama been sucked in by Jung Un like this, these Republican lawmakers would have been caustically harsh in their criticism. Hypocrites, all of them.

  • Thao D

    Kim jong Un is dictator that is not easy give up the nuclear weapons.Kim jong Un has some nuclear weapons in the mountain.So North korea has to find another place for the nuclear weapons.The old one is not worthy

  • raymond spada

    If it's not about "Trump" …………………. It's not about to happen !

  • boyscout

    Jesuit Productions pitching a new fall reality tv series.....Armageddon! Starring DJT as the main "character" Look for it in your tv guide............bwoooboooboooboo, nyuk nyuk nyuk!

  • c.g.

    And Comrade Trump had his speech all ready when he won the Noble Peace Prize!!!!

  • Erwin Schrodinger

    What is the point of the summit anyway? According to Trump's earlier tweet, NK had already committed to denuclearization. Don't tell me he got something so important massively wrong! /s

  • hound

    Trump and his Pub play pals have been bragging about this summit for weeks, bragging about what a wonderful, powerful leader they have in Donald. Now they act like it was a foregone conclusion that there was not going to be any summit; a coverup for failure. Did they really believe that decades of NK bad behavior was going to be undone in a single meeting? Has Kim Jong-un ever said he was willing to simply give up his weapons, weapons testing was his topic.

  • Robin

    that picture of Trump looks like a kid in time out.

  • Robert

    Look at Trump's and Bolton's faces. They both look like miserable, unhappy men. And they probably are, knowing how over 1/2 of the country dispises them both.

  • pfon71361

    A not really surprising decision. With two mercurial, highly motivated, leaders, Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, attempting to reach a demilitarization agreement, the process was always highly weighted toward foundering. Not helping the cause were recent statements from National Security Adviser John Bolton and Vice President Pence about following the "Libyan model." That process ultimately saw the death of Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi. As a result of these remarks, the petulant, bellicose reactions from the North Koreans left little room for diplomatic compromise. Thus, an opportunity for meaningful diffusion of hostilities, however negligible, was lost and with it the prospects in the short term for lasting peace in this troubled Asian peninsula. Perhaps a pause in the over-heated rhetoric would be in order right now.

  • Bob Crawford

    Someone call Switzerland and tell them to hold up on that Nobel Peace Prize.

  • Steve

    reminds me of kindergarden your a meanie, im takin my ball and goin home.
    ok

  • drathvedar

    Trump: "I'm cancelling the Summit"
    NK: "What Summit?"
    Trump: "You know, the one you weren't coming to anyway"

  • ME_NZ

    Well I guess that's the Nobel Peace Prize down the toilet then ah Donny boy. Shame so close but yet so far.

  • Arryandan

    LOL, No-bell, No-bell, No-bell, What a sleazy tactic. No wonder he was awarded $1 for his NFL suit.

  • Rusure Boutthat

    I wonder if I'll still get the commerative coin I ordered.

  • Rusure Boutthat

    "You talk about your nuclear capabilities, but ours are so massive and powerful". Whoever said this needs to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Oh...... wait ...... Well, we know it's all Obama's fault.

  • ME_NZ

    Who puts out letters like that? Badly worded, puerile load of rambling garbage, totally unprofessional if that's the best that fat waddling outhouse can put together then get the hell out of the road and let someone educated write your letters for you. In one sentence he is sucking up with cringe worthy false praise that is about as sincere as a lunch box full dog do the next sentence he is threatening nuclear catastrophe what a joke. The fat Drumpf was never gonna show up he can't he hasn't got the nerve, the expertise or the capability to foot it at that level. He is a fat ignorant lill boy trying to play a mans game. He hasn't got the first idea of what he is talking about so he chickened out. He can't handle confrontation that's why he never sacks any of his staff to their face he does it like a coward on twitter he is sad, and a disgusting national disgrace and proves it more and more every day.

  • Weazerdogg

    "normal diplomatic language". Then elect a normal human being. SMH ....

  • Richard

    Ya know folks, none of this is normal. Since Jan 2017, it has been NOTHING but Chaos with Trump as the Fake President. He is not a Republican, nor a Conservative, nor a Christian, yet he has their support. PBS reported that Evangelicals are mobilizing nationwide to stop the Blue Wave to protect Trump and his supporters in Congress. Sane and normal people need to mobilize to stop the phony Evangelicals from protecting their Anti-Christ, and vote ALL Republicans out in Nov.......IF we're still alive by then. Evangelicals love Trump because they believe he was sent by God to bring the End, so Jesus will come back.

  • Richard

    Well maybe trump and his incompetent Cabinet should keep their mouths shut......Bolton saying model this after Libya.....didnt work out so well, did it? Or moron Pence saying the goal should be regime change.....Kim is a brutal dictator, but its none of our business other than sitting down and trying to make Peace, not on our terms, but mutually. Trump is a danger to the US and the world.....all he wanted was a photo op, the prime time television coverage and getting that Nobel Peace award.......

  • Plodding Godzilla

    Beware of Trump. In growing desperation with the mid-terms approaching, his egomania may opt for a Pyrrhic Victory at the cost of hundreds of thousands of lives. For Trump supporters: 'A Pyrrhic victory (/ˈpɪrɪk/ ( listen) PIRR-ik) is a victory that inflicts such a devastating toll on the victor that it is tantamount to defeat. Someone who wins a Pyrrhic victory has also taken a heavy toll that negates any true sense of achievement.' (Wikipedia)

  • Orange McCarthy Slush

    "Being nice to Rocket Man hasn't worked in 25 years, why would it work now? Clinton failed, Bush failed, and Obama failed. I won't fail."
    Donald Trump
    2:01 PM - Oct 1, 2017

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    Now Trump can add his name to that list. See, he is presidential (sarcasm)

    -note: Yes I realize, and hope, that peace with NK is still possible. Good luck Trump, we need it.

  • ogrot

    Brian Schatz has it on the nose.

  • GorillaMyDreams

    Tom Cotton is a fool.