Trump on Democrats Rooting Against His Negotiations With North Korea: They Have 'Lost Touch'

Most recent statement from North Korea is 'warm and productive,' he says

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May 25, 2018

President Donald Trump on Friday castigated Democrats for "obviously" rooting against his administration on the North Korea negotiations, saying they have "lost touch."

Trump's Thursday announcement that he had called off a June 12 meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un prompted mocking from Democrats, including House Minority Leader Pelosi (D., Calif.).

"Clearly, it takes preparation, which the president didn’t make. It’s clear he didn't know what he was getting into, and now he’s walking away from it in this very chummy, palsy-walsy letter to Kim Jong Un. He, Kim Jong Un, is the big winner," Pelosi said.

"Democrats are so obviously rooting against us in our negotiations with North Korea," Trump tweeted. "Just like they are coming to the defense of MS 13 thugs, saying that they are individuals & must be nurtured, or asking to end your big Tax Cuts & raise your taxes instead. Dems have lost touch!"

Trump announced the decision to cancel the summit via a letter Thursday, writing that the regime's statement from earlier that day–in which an official castigated the administration and called Vice President Mike Pence a "political dummy"–displayed "tremendous anger and open hostility."

"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. You talk about your nuclear capabilities, but ours are so massive and powerful that I pray to God they will never have to be used."

North Korea responded to Trump's letter Friday by saying Kim is still will willing to meet Trump  "at any time."

"We would like to make known to the US side once again that we have the intent to sit with the US side to solve problem(s) regardless of ways at any time," Kim told the country's state-run news agency KCNA.

Trump said North Korea's response to his letter was "very good news" for international relations.

"Very good news to receive the warm and productive statement from North Korea," Trump tweeted. "We will soon see where it will lead, hopefully to long and enduring prosperity and peace. Only time (and talent) will tell!"