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Witcover: Trump's change of heart on North Korea summit

Witcover: Trump's change of heart on North Korea summit

In the old language of the 1963 Cuban Missile Crisis, President Donald Trump "has just blinked" regarding the planned meeting with North Korea dicatator Kim Jong Un. In President John F. Kennedy's day, a nuclear exchange with the Soviet Union was avoided. This time, who knows?

The president's withdrawal was cast in the most polite terms, but it suggested he was seizing the slightest of provocations to extricate himself from an unfavorable situation. He wrote to Mr. Kim that because of the "tremendous anger and open hostility displayed" by North Korea in a recent statement, the meeting "will not take place."

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