On Wednesday, President Trump took to Twitter to throw away the idea that the U.S. and China could work together to end the North Korean crisis.
Just one day prior, Trump said that China could “put a heavy move” on Pyongyang to “end this nonsense.” But the President on Wednesday pointed out that because of trade, the countries may be too close.
“Trade between China and North Korea grew almost 40 percent in the first quarter. So much for China working with us — but we had to give it a try!” Trump tweeted.
This tweet comes after a successful intercontinental ballistic missile test conducted by the North Koreans.
The first sign that Trump was ready to cast off China as a potential partner appeared in a June 20 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!”
At one point, Trump seemed excited about the idea of working with the Chinese. A few months ago, he suggested that Chinese President Xi Jinping could expect a more favorable trade deal in exchange for help conducting a peaceful resolution with dictator Kim Jong Un, whose rogue regime successfully tested an ICBM this week.
But while North Korea continues to tests its missiles, Trump seems to be losing his patience with the Chinese leadership.
A few moments before he tweeted about China’s trade with North Korea, the President suggested once more that the crisis could effect future deals with the Chinese.
“The United States made some of the worst trade deals in world history. Why should we continue these deals with countries that do not help us?” Trump wrote.
These tweets come amid Trump’s second Presidential trip abroad. He will be flying to Poland on Wednesday, where he plans to meet with European allies before heading to Germany.