The push to give President Donald Trump a Nobel Peace Prize for solving the seven-decade-long conflict between the Koreas is imperiled, after the President on Thursday called off the scheduled peace summit with North Korean ‘supreme leader’ Kim Jong Un.
“I was very much looking forward to being there with you. Sadly, based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting,” Trump wrote. “Therefore, please let this letter serve to represent that the Singapore summit, for the good of both parties, but to the detriment of the world, will not take place.”
The President had trumpeted the summit, and a commemorative coin had already been crafted; however, the summit is off now, with the brief detente having collapsed.
Meanwhile, Sen. Bill Nelson was the first Florida elected official to offer a statement.
“The cancellation of this summit reveals the lack of preparation on the part of President Trump in dealing with a totalitarian dictator like Kim Jong Un. We’ve seen similar lack of preparation by the president in dealing with the leaders of China and Russia,” Nelson asserted.
Sen. Marco Rubio, conversely, “100 percent” supported the President’s decision.
“I 100 percent support the President’s decision. For two weeks now, North Korean tyrant Kim Jong Un has been trying to sabotage the summit and set the United States up to take the blame. He made a big show of freeing hostages and supposedly dismantling a nuclear site to make himself appear reasonable and conciliatory,” Rubio asserted.
“But in the end it is now apparent his goal was either to gain sanctions relief in exchange for nothing, or to collapse international sanctions by making the U.S. appear to be the unreasonable party. If other leaders in North Korea want a better future,” Rubio added, “they should get rid of Kim Jong Un as soon as possible.”
Nelson’s likely general election opponent, Gov. Rick Scott, likewise aligned with the President.
“Governor Scott believes the interests of the United States must always remain our first priority and he is sure the president and our military and diplomatic leaders made the right decision,” asserted Lauren Schenone on behalf of the Scott campaign.