At her weekly press conference, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Kim Jong-un is the "big winner" after the decision by President Trump to cancel a peace summit with the North Korean dictator. Pelosi said that Trump's letter to Jong-un notifying him about his decision read like a "valentine" and that he "must be having a giggle fit" now.
From Thursday's briefing:
REPORTER: Thank you. With the president canceling the -- the summit with North Korea, I know that some thought -- yeah, there was optimism, maybe there could be a -- a breakthrough achieved.
That said, historically we have seen situations where there have been summits which have gone south. I think of Reykjavik in '85 with Gorbachev and Reagan. That actually proved to be good later on.
REP. NANCY PELOSI: Yes.
REPORTER: Looking at this through that sort of prism, do you see the potential of, maybe, this being a good thing? That maybe it, actually, results in something better down the road? Or what's your interpretation?
PELOSI: I think it's a good thing for Kim Jong Un. Here you have a thug, a person who killed his own family members, a person who has -- runs a police state, being legitimized by the president of the United States.
They were on a par with each other. He got global recognition and regard. He's the big winner. And when he got this letter from the president, saying, "OK, never mind," he must be having a giggle fit, right there, now, in North Korea. In Pyongyang.
As you probably remember -- maybe not -- I'm one of the few members of Congress who's been to Pyongyang, the capital, right into the North. Not at the border, but to their capital. It was an intelligence trip and most of the members who were on that trip are no longer in Congress now.
But it is a police state. It's a terrible place. The suppression of their people, the brainwashing that they do. And then along comes Kim Jong Un and -- schmoozing the president of the United States. He taking the bait.
Now, we were sympathetic to say, "Well, talk, talk, talk. That's better than war, war, war." But this takes preparation, this takes knowledge, this takes judgment.
And, 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.
It's unfortunate because, as you said, you -- you want to be optimistic, you want to be hopeful that something can come of something.
But it can't come of something if it's built on just saying, "I know everything. I don't need defense -- I don't need State Department knowledge on these subjects. Let's -- let's deplete the State Department," let's do this, that and the other thing. It's really a very sad thing.
QUESTION: Because of your role -- and you talk about your longstanding role in intelligence, were you notified ahead of time that the summit was off?
PELOSI: No. We just noted it when we got the president's letter. The -- the copy of the president's letter, chumming up -- this is kind of like a Valentine -- to Kim Jong Un. Really? Really? So anyway. Really?