President Donald Trump lashed out at China as his “handshake” agreement with North Korea appears to be falling apart — and Twitter users mocked his bungled attempts at foreign policy.
Trump claimed he and Kim Jong-un had ended nuclear hostilities between the U.S. and North Korea last month after a meeting in Singapore, but a follow-up meeting over the weekend with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo went poorly.
“I have confidence that Kim Jong Un will honor the contract we signed &, even more importantly, our handshake,” Trump tweeted. “We agreed to the denuclearization of North Korea. China, on the other hand, may be exerting negative pressure on a deal because of our posture on Chinese Trade-Hope Not!”
I have confidence that Kim Jong Un will honor the contract we signed &, even more importantly, our handshake. We agreed to the denuclearization of North Korea. China, on the other hand, may be exerting negative pressure on a deal because of our posture on Chinese Trade-Hope Not!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 9, 2018
Other social media users quickly pounced.
You’re really doubling down on looking stupid.
— Greg Shugar (@GregShugar) July 9, 2018
Donald Trump trusts the handshake of a murderous dictator, but convinces his supporters to distrust the FBI.
— Nick Jack Pappas (@Pappiness) July 9, 2018
That’s what happens when you give up joint military operations in the region for nothing. Decades of sanctions choking their economy and limiting trade brought North Korea to the table. You’re a lousy diplomat and negotiator.
— ♻💙🇺🇸 Christopher Zullo (@ChrisJZullo) July 9, 2018
Why? Why would you have confidence a tyrannical maniacal horrendous dictator would honor your handshake? That seems like a horrible decision.
— Alt Fed Employee (@Alt_FedEmployee) July 9, 2018
Just imagine if Obama had said he trusted Iran’s regime because of a handshake. Trump tore up the Iran deal, despite its countless verification and inspection measures, then signed a toothless pledge with Kim—as N Korea ramps up its nuclear program. He got played, plain & simple. https://t.co/kFHUNI33on
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) July 9, 2018
Wonder if Trump thinks he can bring Kim to court to sue over breaking a “contract.” https://t.co/u9X8qh31me
— emptywheel (@emptywheel) July 9, 2018
I have confidence that Kim Jong Un scammed you because I have paid attention to how North Korea has conducted international relations the past 68 years and you have not.
— JRehling (@JRehling) July 9, 2018
What’s a Chinese Trade-Hope?
— V (@DanHowdle) July 9, 2018
YOU DIDN’T SIGN A CONTRACT!!!!! Oh & he’s a despot not known for keeping promises…the fact that China is involved is the 3rd least surprising part of all this – 1st is you gave NK a platform/believed Kim & 2nd is that NK is doing NONE of what you said – #ArtofWHATDeal
— Steve Kerrigan (@stevekerrigan) July 9, 2018
So it’s China’s fault that the contract that you did not have with Kim Jong Un has fallen apart. Surprised you’re not blaming Hillary, Obama, Fake News, Rosenstein, Comey or Elizabeth Warren. #LiarsVirus #Liegate
— JAS16AZ (@JAS16AZ) July 9, 2018
You and Kim have much in common. You’ve never honored any contracts you’ve signed either. Just ask the banks, shareholders, individuals and small businesses you’ve hurt.
— NanaOf7IsWhyIFight (@nanakim1956fl) July 9, 2018
World’s greatest negotiator getting absolutely humiliated by Kim Jong Un https://t.co/uXkEdSOnNA
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) July 9, 2018
No, you didn’t sign a contract. You’re not in business with other countries, you Moron. The agreement was for further talks. You were played by the NK leader. You are a dolt. YOU are an international embarrassment of the highest order.
— Donalds Daddy (@DonaldsDaddy45) July 9, 2018
Your “contract” lacked any substance & you already gave away what Kim Jong Un wanted: international recognition as an equal to the President of The United States.
You cannot expect to enforce a worthless “contract”.
— «/’mɛnz ˈriːə/» (@R35I5T) July 9, 2018
When Donald Trump locked eyes with Kim Jong Un, they felt an instant connection. Trump saw a leader and Kim saw a sucker.
— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) July 9, 2018