“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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