Flashback: Media Predicted NoKo Summit Wouldn’t Happen

Amber Athey Podcast Columnist
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President Donald Trump just concluded a historic summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un — a summit that many in the media predicted would never happen.

Some members of the media actually gave Trump credit for his desire to negotiate peace between the two countries, but others pessimistically predicted that the president would never even get the chance to sit down with Kim Jong Un. (RELATED: CNN Reporter Calls North Korea Announcement A ‘Huge Win For President Trump’)

Some, such as MSNBC contributor George Will, mocked the idea of the summit and derisively said on March 22 that it’s “not going to happen.”

Other media figures agreed that the summit was highly unlikely to occur.


Trump himself conceded that the summit may not work out on May 22, and then canceled it entirely on May 24. While Trump seemed determined to reschedule the meeting, the mood from media critics was very “I told you so.” (RELATED: Trump Concedes North Korea Summit ‘May Not Work Out’)

“The more Trump repeats ‘we’ll see what happens’ the more it seems this summit with Kim Jong un won’t happen,” CNN producer David Gelles tweeted on May 24.

Sports writer Kelly Scaletta also sarcastically said that Trump had canceled “the summit that was already not going to happen.”

Christopher Smith also contributed to this report. 

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