Former U.S. Ambassador to NATO Nicholas Burns praised President Trump’s decision to cancel a summit with North Korea on Thursday.
Trump announced Thursday that he was canceling the June 12 summit in Singapore because of North Korea’s “tremendous anger and open hostility” in recent statements. (RELATED: Trump Cancels US-North Korea Summit)
During a CNBC interview shortly after the decision, Burns said Trump did the right thing.
“I think we’re witnessing diplomacy in action. I think it is a negotiating tactic by President Trump, and frankly, I think President Trump is right,” he asserted. “The North Koreans twice in the past week have issued tendencious, wildly irresponsible statements against the United States, yesterday threatening a nuclear war against the United States.”
“These are not the actions of a sincere, consistent leader,” he added. “I think it’s probably the right move by the United States to push the North Koreans back a bit, let them know about the minimal conditions that need to take a place for a summit of this nature.”