* In case you missed it, here’s the letter Trump sent to Kim Jong-un cancelling the much-ballyhooed summit.
Breaking: Trump issues letter to Kim Jong Un cancelling their summit. pic.twitter.com/r7UdVj0Pcn
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) May 24, 2018
* So sue me…I couldn’t resist an “I told you so.”
I’m old enough to remember when pundits like Jeff Greenfield were asking Democrats whether they’d be able to give Trump the credit for his success with North Korea.https://t.co/5qAH9LzADv
— Nancy LeTourneau (@Smartypants60) May 24, 2018
* Of course, twitter had some of the best responses.
— Jay Kirell (@JasonKirell) May 24, 2018
* Matt Yglesias nailed it!
The White House announced Thursday morning that it is canceling the planned summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in light of statements from the North Korean government that make it clear that Pyongyang is not, in fact, going to make the kind of nuclear disarmament promises that the United States was expecting.
This is, all things considered, almost certainly a better idea than continuing to raise unrealistic expectations for a summit that was doomed to fail.
But it raises the question: Why did so much of the media and the political system insist on taking President Trump’s Korean nuclear diplomacy so seriously in the first place?
The factors that led to the collapse of the summit were there from the beginning. The only thing that ever seemed remotely promising about it was Trump’s say-so, but Trump’s say-so is meaningless. Not only is he a person who makes factual misstatements and lies, but he’s a person who has gotten ahead in life through extensive use of bullshit, leaving in his wake a trail of broken promises.
From his unpaid bills to contractors to his scam university to his brief period ripping off the shareholders of his eponymous company, this is what Trump does: He exploits normal human nature to sucker people into trusting him, and then he exploits his own ever-growing fame and power to get away with breaking the rules.
As president, this pattern has only continued.
* Roger Stone personally solicited dirt on Hillary Clinton from Julian Assange.
In a Sept. 18, 2016, message, Mr. Stone urged an acquaintance who knew Mr. Assange to ask the WikiLeaks founder for emails related to Mrs. Clinton’s alleged role in disrupting a purported Libyan peace deal in 2011 when she was secretary of state, referring to her by her initials.
“Please ask Assange for any State or HRC e-mail from August 10 to August 30–particularly on August 20, 2011,” Mr. Stone wrote to Randy Credico, a New York radio personality who had interviewed Mr. Assange several weeks earlier.
* Today congressional leaders were briefed on the FBI’s informant in the Russia inquiry. The Democrats who attended the briefing issued a statement that was short and to-the-point.
NEW via Schumer/Pelosi/Warner/Schiff: “Nothing we heard today has changed our view that there is no evidence to support any allegation that the FBI or any intelligence agency placed a ‘spy’ in the Trump Campaign, or otherwise failed to follow appropriate procedures and protocols” pic.twitter.com/Z8OZmH0XiD
— Andrew Desiderio (@AndrewDesiderio) May 24, 2018
* The New York Daily News pulled no punches with their reaction to the new NFL rules about protests during the playing of the national anthem.
Say their names…
The NFL’s call is unAmerican https://t.co/3H7XABjZg9
An early look at Thursday’s front… pic.twitter.com/lm5eucXVrU
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) May 24, 2018
* Finally, I thought I’d leave you with a couple of things we can look forward to this fall. This is coming in November:
As I prepare to share BECOMING this fall, I hope you’ll also think about your own story, and trust that it will help you become whoever you aspire to be. Your story is what you have, what you will always have. It is something to own. #BECOMING pic.twitter.com/agb7uJhYu8
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) May 24, 2018
And to lift all of our spirits, this comes in September.