Trump-Kim ‘breakup’ sparks mirth over coin

The commemorative coin was discounted after Trump called off his planned meet with Kim Jong Un.US President Donald Trump’s letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un cancelling their summit next month has prompted a deluge of derisory comments on Twitter, including many about the now discounted commemorative coin pre-minted for the occasion.
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The President Trump United States and Korea Summit coin was the “deal of the day” at the White House Gift Shop on Thursday after Trump earlier in the day called off the historic summit with Kim, citing Pyongyang’s “open hostility.”

The coin, which was selling for $US19.95 after the price was cut from $US24.95, shows gold embossed images of Trump and Kim facing each other with a montage of their countries’ flags in the background. Kim’s title is designated as “Supreme Leader”.

The coin was minted by the US military, which has long issued “challenge coins” commemorating specific events or accomplishments.

A military detachment called the White House Communications Agency, regularly issues coins when the president travels abroad.

What some described as the “breakup” tone of Trump’s letter to Kim, coupled with the premature coins, drew a lively response from social media users on Twitter.

“I am going to break up with you before you can break up with me and I get to keep all of the commemorative coins… SO THERE,” said @AOPhoenix

“Are they going to make a coin to commemorate the breakup between Kim Jong Un and Trump?” Steelsnowflake1 asked.

“Seeing as Trump never apologises for anything, except the break up letter to Kimmy, do you think he’ll keep the money from the commemorative coin?,” morosejews asked.

“You didn’t break up with me, I broke up with you first. I want my ring back and reimbursed for the stupid coins I had made,” said @sandrafualkenb1.

Trump’s letter to Kim announced his abrupt withdrawal from what would have been a first-ever meeting between a serving US president and a North Korean leader. It had been due to take place in Singapore on June 12.

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