President Trump Criticizes Schumer, Dems, and US Allies; He's Nicer to Kim Jong Un

By Susan Jones | June 8, 2018 | 6:53 AM EDT

President Trump speaks about his upcoming meeting with Kim Jong Un. (Photo/Screen capture/C-SPAN)

( - As he departs for a G-7 summit meeting in Canada, and then to an even higher-stakes summit in Singapore, President Trump had nicer things to say about North Korea's dictator than he did about congressional Democrats and U.S. allies.

In a Friday morning tweet, Trump wrote: "Obama, Schumer and Pelosi did NOTHING about North Korea, and now weak on Crime, High Tax Schumer is telling me what to do at the Summit the Dems could never set up. Schumer failed with North Korea and Iran, we don’t need his advice!"

As reported, Schumer and six other ranking Democrats sent a letter to President Trump this week, laying out conditions for a nuclear deal with North Korea.

Schumer also tweeted on Thursday that the situation in nuclear-armed North Korea "is far too dangerous for seat of the pants negotiating."

That tweet was a response to Trump's comment on Thursday, when a reporter asked the president, "Are you prepared for the summit with North Korea?"

"I think I'm very well prepared," Trump responded. "I don't think I have to prepare very much. It's about attitude, it's about willingness to get things done. But I think I've been preparing for this summit for a long time, as has the other side. I think they have been preparing for a long time, also. So this isn't a question of preparation; it's a question of whether or not people want it to happen, and we'll know that very quickly."

Later, at a joint news conference with the Japanese prime minister, President Trump said he received a "really nice" letter from North Korea's Kim Jong Un: "It was really a very warm letter, a very nice letter. I appreciated it very much, and nothing other than, 'We look forward to seeing you, and we look forward to the summit, and hopefully, some wonderful things will work out.' So it was really very warm, very nice. We appreciated it."

Trump said he anticipates "great success" at his meeting with Kim, but he also said it may take "many meetings" to reach agreement on difficult topics. He repeated that previous presidents should have solved the North Korea problem long ago: "I'm saying other presidents --long time ago, this could have been solved, in a lot easier manner, and a lot less dangerous manner. But it wasn't, so I'll solve it, and we'll get it done."

In a series of tweets about this weekend's G-7 summit in Canada, Trump criticized U.S. allies on trade:

On Friday, he wrote:

-- I am heading for Canada and the G-7 for talks that will mostly center on the long time unfair trade practiced against the United States. From there I go to Singapore and talks with North Korea on Denuclearization. Won’t be talking about the Russian Witch Hunt Hoax for a while!

-- "Looking forward to straightening out unfair Trade Deals with the G-7 countries. If it doesn’t happen, we come out even better!"

-- "Canada charges the U.S. a 270% tariff on Dairy Products! They didn’t tell you that, did they? Not fair to our farmers!"

On Thursday, he tweeted:

-- "Why isn’t the European Union and Canada informing the public that for years they have used massive Trade Tariffs and non-monetary Trade Barriers against the U.S. Totally unfair to our farmers, workers & companies. Take down your tariffs & barriers or we will more than match you!"

-- "Prime Minister Trudeau is being so indignant, bringing up the relationship that the U.S. and Canada had over the many years and all sorts of other things...but he doesn’t bring up the fact that they charge us up to 300% on dairy — hurting our Farmers, killing our Agriculture!"

-- "Please tell Prime Minister Trudeau and President Macron that they are charging the U.S. massive tariffs and create non-monetary barriers. The EU trade surplus with the U.S. is $151 Billion, and Canada keeps our farmers and others out. Look forward to seeing them tomorrow."

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