President Donald Trump has canceled his meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which could possibly increase the chance that America goes to war with a nuclear-armed country.
But don’t worry: The White House will continue to make — and sell — commemorative coins of the Trump-Kim summit that never was.
Just a few days ago, it was revealed that the White House Communications Agency had commissioned special coins to be made to commemorate the upcoming historic event. The coins feature Trump and Kim looking at each other in front of their respective flags, divided by a jagged line vaguely reminiscent of the Demilitarized Zone, or DMZ — the heavily fortified border separating North and South Korea.
There's now a White House Military Office coin for the upcoming Trump Kim Jong Un summit. The North Korean dictator is referred to as "Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un." pic.twitter.com/tFAmE813Y1— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) May 21, 2018
But now the meeting is off. Trump wrote a letter to Kim on Monday telling him he no longer wanted to chat. “Based on the tremendous anger and open hostility displayed in your most recent statement, I feel it is inappropriate, at this time, to have this long-planned meeting,” Trump wrote.
That raised a vital question amid the massive and dangerous breakdown in high-stakes diplomacy: What will happen to those coins?
Have no fear: The White House Gift Shop will still dole them out. For those lucky few who spent $24.95 on the coin, it “Will be Made Whether or Not the Summit Occurs as Scheduled,” the Gift Shop wrote on its website. “If Summit Does Not Occur You can Request a Refund but Most Supporters Have Said They Want This Heirloom of Political History Regardless of Outcome.”
Disclaimer, on White House Gift Shop website, for those who ordered $24.95 Trump-Kim summit coins. pic.twitter.com/zlrfFUJINX— Steve Inskeep (@NPRinskeep) May 24, 2018
But if you act now, you can buy one for at a discounted price: The coins are now sold at the Gift Shop’s “Deal of the Day” price of $19.95.
In the meantime, this image from NBC seems to capture the mood just perfectly.