Trump cancels meeting with Kim Jong Un after pushing for June 12 date — live updates
Pompeo testifies before Senate after North Korea meeting news
Meanwhile, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is answering questions from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the administration’s foreign policy goals after testifying before the House Foreign Relations Committee one day before for over 3 hours. He started the hearing by reading the president’s letter to Kim Jong-Un. Later he told lawmakers that America was “ready” for the summit with North Korea.
“We’re rockin, we’re ready. President Trump was prepared for this meeting. We were fully engaged to prepare for this meeting,” Pompeo said.
He added when asked about the reasoning behind the cancellation, “I regret the statements that North Koreans have made over the past few days and the fact that we have not been able to conduct the preparation between our two teams that would be necessary to have a chance for a successful summit.”
Pompeo added that between the direct talks he had with Kim, he believed the offer he brought to Kim was serious and that Kim believed it was a sincere effort.
“Over the past many days, we have endeavored to do what Kim and I agreed, to put teams together to prepare to work for summit and we received no response form them,” he added.