THE DEMAND FOR A COIN
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.”