White House team coming to S’pore to prepare for Trump-Kim summit
It might still be taking place after all.
A White House team is coming to Singapore on Sunday, May 27 as planned, to prepare for a possible summit between United States President Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong-un.
According to Politico, the advance team for the “logistics meeting” consists of 30 White House and State Department officials.
Trump cancelled summit in personal letter to Kim
Trump first took a passive-aggressive dig at Kim by saying that he was the one who wanted the meeting, even if that is “totally irrelevant”.
He then blamed the cancellation on Kim, saying that the decision was based on the “tremendous anger and open hostility displayed” in North Korea’s recent statement.
Nevertheless, Trump concluded the letter by letting his options remain open, saying that a meeting is still possible.
Although many countries around the world regretted the cancellation, including South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who was reportedly caught off-guard, some say it is a good move as it saves the US from embarrassment later on should the meeting not bear any fruit.
North Korea’s response
North Korea’s response took on a surprisingly conciliatory tone, saying that they are still open to talking with the US, but not without taking a dig at Trump too along the way.
The statement reads:
“It is hard to guess the reasons.
It could be that he lacked the will for the summit or he might not have felt confident.”
Well, we had better hold our horses as nothing is certain anymore in the current Trump era — perhaps even more so with Kim in the mix.