House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Declares Kim “the Big Winner” For Getting Two Face-to-face Meetings With The U.S. President

The House Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared Kim “the big winner” for getting two face-to-face meetings with the U.S. president, she praised Trump for walking away on Thursday. The California Democrat told reporters “it’s good that the president did not give him anything for the little that he was proposing

Moreover, congressional leaders largely cheered Trump for backing out of talks instead of agreeing to unfavorable terms. Democrats in particular said they had worried about the president striking an inadequate deal — in part to alleviate pressure created by his former lawyer Michael Cohen’s explosive Capitol Hill testimony on Wednesday.

“I was pleased to see the president recognize North Korea’s unwillingness to strike a comprehensive deal,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said on the Senate floor Thursday. “President Trump did the right thing by walking away and not cutting a poor deal for the sake of a photo op. ... I’ve always been concerned about the possibility of a bad deal, especially with the other pressures currently on the president.”

In the consequences of the above, Talks in Vietnam between Trump and Kim abruptly ended Thursday before a planned lunch and signing ceremony for some kind of agreement. Trump said he cut the summit short because the sides could not come to terms on whether to remove sanctions on North Korea as they seek a path to Pyongyang’s denuclearization.

“Sometimes you have to walk, and this was just one of those times,” the U.S. president said during a news conference following the summit.
At this point, congressional leaders — including Democrats — broadly praised President Donald Trump for walking away from his second summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un on Thursday.