US: Appreciating the efforts of the President of China Xi Jinping for helping North Korea, United President Donald Trump stated that the Chinese efforts to convince North Korea to rein in its nuclear program have failed.
Trump had held high hopes for greater cooperation from China to exert influence over North Korea, leaning heavily on Chinese President Xi Jinping for his assistance.
The two leaders had a high-profile summit in Florida in April and Trump has frequently praised Xi and resisted criticizing Chinese trade practices.
Trump wrote in a Tweet, ‘While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out. At least I know China tried!’
It was unclear whether his remark represented a significant shift in his thinking in the US struggle to stop North Korea’s nuclear program and its test launching of missiles or a change in US policy toward China.