North Korea

Trump Blames Democrats for Summit Failure

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Trump's second meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un abruptly ended without signing even a symbolic piece of paper and while Trump initially said he "walked away" because he couldn't get what he wanted, he's now vaguely blaming House Democrats for his failure.

Although the two things are not even remotely related, Trump says the House Oversight Committee's interview of his former henchman Michael Cohen contributed to his failure.

SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday that the Democrats’ decision to interview his longtime fixer, lawyer Michael Cohen, on the same day as a meeting with Kim Jong Un may have contributed to the North Korea summit ending with no deal.

“For the Democrats to interview in open hearings a convicted liar & fraudster, at the same time as the very important Nuclear Summit with North Korea, is perhaps a new low in American politics and may have contributed to the ‘walk’,” Trump said on Twitter, referring to his decision to walk away from what he previously said was a bad deal with Kim.

Even if you have confidence in Trump's staff of lackeys for whatever reason, his second meeting with Kim Jong-un was scheduled with just three weeks of notice to prepare for it.

Of course, to be fair, giving his staff more time may not have made any difference because they clearly did not make any progress during the eight months that passed since Trump's first meeting with Kim Jong-un.

You might say there was never any since of urgency to negotiations between American and North Korean officials because Trump has long assured the world that everything is great. Trump and Kim "fell in love" and shared a "special relationship," he says. Trump put the cart before the horse by declaring victory before finishing the race.

All the excuses in the world won't change the fact that Trump will have legitimized North Korea as a nuclear power when he leaves office and the next president will have to consider how to respond when Kim Jong-un restarts weapons tests and threatens our allies in South Korea and Japan.

  • muselet

    Steve Benen:

    As for his belief that last week’s hearing was somehow unprecedented, plenty of modern presidents have traveled abroad during congressional oversight hearings – it’s not like Republicans stopped pursuing Benghazi conspiracy theories when Barack Obama boarded Air Force One – but we haven’t heard Trump’s predecessors blame lawmakers when they failed to reach international agreements.

    Also, I believe the House scheduled its hearing with Michael Cohen before the Trump administration announced the schedule for Donald Trump’s joint photo-of with Kim Jong-un.

    Sad! Weak! Low energy!

    And an embarrassment to the country.

    –alopecia

  • This guy wouldn’t own up to his own farts. Geez, what a whiny diaper baby!

  • Badgerite

    Who does he think he’s kidding. This ‘summit’ was for show. Just like the last one. It’s all this guy knows.
    Putting on a show.

    • Christopher Foxx

      He doesn’t think he’s kidding anyone.

      Not because he knows people are on to him. But because he believes what he says and he’s not attempting to kid anyone..

      • Badgerite

        Good God. That’s worse.

  • Draxiar

    So much winning….just not for the U.S.