Trump: Democrats 'rooting against' North Korea summit

Trump: Democrats 'rooting against' North Korea summit
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates MORE on Friday said “Democrats are so obviously rooting against us in our negotiations with North Korea.”

The comment came amid signs that a planned face-to-face meeting between Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un, which Trump canceled on Thursday, may still happen.

Trump canceled the highly anticipated meeting, a first for the leaders of the U.S. and North Korea, following what he called “tremendous anger and open hostility” by the country toward the United States.

But he indicated the summit could still happen in the future, if Kim took “constructive” steps. North Korea also indicated willingness to resume negotiations with the U.S.

"We reiterate to the U.S. that there is a willingness to sit down at any time, in any way, to solve the problem," North Korea’s Vice Foreign Minister Kim Kye Gwan said Friday, according to The Associated Press.

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

But Trump tweeted that the “Dems have lost touch!”

He accused Democrats of not only “rooting against” negotiations with North Korea but “coming to the defense” of members of the gang MS-13, an apparent reference to criticism when Trump recently referred to them as “animals” and “not people.”

He also repeated that Democrats want to end tax cuts and raise taxes, an apparent reference to Democratic opposition to recent Republican-backed legislation.

“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,” he tweeted.