The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Af­ter the White House con­firmed that the stalled meet­ing be­tween Pres­i­dent Trump and North Ko­rean leader Kim Jong-un would go for­ward, the White House Gift Shop had a surge in sales for a new com­mem­o­ra­tive coin is­sued to mark the his­toric event. The “un­prece­dented” in­ter­est in coin — which be­comes avail­able on Aug. 1 — caused the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s phone sys­tem and web­site to crash.

“Our project is gen­er­at­ing sig­nif­i­cant me­dia at­ten­tion as well as an out­pour­ing of sup­port from Amer­i­cans, Kore­ans, from peo­ple across the globe,” noted An­thony Gian­nini, CEO and di­rec­tor of the or­ga­ni­za­tion, es­tab­lished in 1946 by a per­ma­nent mem­o­ran­dum from Pres­i­dent Tru­man.

“We’ve an­swered and con­tinue to an­swer a mas­sive num­ber, more like a tsunami, of com­mu­ni­ca­tions from Amer­i­cans, Kore­ans, and sup­port­ers from al­most ev­ery coun­try in the world — and in the United States from mem­bers of all po­lit­i­cal par­ties in sig­nif­i­cant num­bers across each party. Huge num­bers of mag­nif­i­cent peo­ple from Korea have shared with us in phone calls and in writ­ing their stead­fast hopes for peace and de­nu­cle­ariza­tion. Amer­i­cans have shared with us many rea­sons for want­ing this com­mem­o­ra­tive coin re­gard­less of out­come. Many, so many to be can­did, love Pres­i­dent Trump.”

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