Sarah Huckabee Sanders Now Says North Korea Canceling Summit Was ‘Expected,’ After Praising It As The Greatest Thing Ever
It seems like only yesterday that President Donald Trump loyalists were ready to nominate him for a Nobel Peace Prize for his radical diplomacy with North Korea. But after Kim Jong Un released a statement threatening to pull out of upcoming negotiations, Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters on the White House lawn that it would be “okay” if the talks fell apart.
“This is something that we fully expected. The president is very used to and ready for tough negotiations, and if they wanna meet, we’ll be ready, and if they don’t, that’s okay too,” Sanders said. “We’ll continue with a campaign of maximum pressure.”
Peaceful negotiations between the U.S. and North Korea seemed to be going well when newly appointed Secretary of State Mike Pompeo went to North Korea to retrieve three American detainees, one of which had been in the regime’s possession since the former administration. When Pompeo returned, commentators noted that it was not only a good omen for the upcoming negotiations but a political victory for the president.
But on Tuesday, a senior official of the North Korean government released a statement after a joint military exercise consisting of South Korean and American forces spooked Kim’s government.
“I appreciated the position positively with an expectation that the upcoming DPRK-US summit would be a big step forward for catalyzing detente on the Korean peninsula and building a great future,” a senior official of the North Korean government wrote in a statement. “But now prior to the DPRK-US summit, unbridled remarks provoking the other side of dialogue are recklessly made in the U.S. and I am totally disappointed as these constitute extremely unjust behavior.”
The statement singled out National Security Adviser John Bolton, who recently joined Trump’s administration. Bolton was the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under George W. Bush and is known for his hawkish views on foreign policy.
The statement warned against any intentions on the part of the U.S. to turn North Korea into a Libya or an Iraq, suggesting that the nuclear state is unwilling to part with its weapons due to pressure from the West. The indignant regime is acting as if its agreement to denuclearize is something it is doing totally of its own accord and that precondition of nuclear abandonment would be a less hostile attitude from the U.S. toward the historically rogue state.
Sarah Sanders on North Korea threatening to pull out of summit: “This is something we fully expected. The president is very used to & ready for tough negotiations & if they want to meet, we’ll be ready. If they don’t, that’s ok too & we’ll continue w/campaign of maximum pressure” pic.twitter.com/RVAGZ5SrJk
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 16, 2018