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Offbeat White House: 'If the North Koreans want to meet, we'll be there'

21:41  17 may  2018
21:41  17 may  2018 Source:   thehill.com

Trump distances himself from key adviser's remark on North Korea

  Trump distances himself from key adviser's remark on North Korea President Donald Trump distanced himself Thursday from a controversial remark made by his national security adviser, John Bolton, that figured in North Korea's threat to cancel the summit meeting planned for June, and said preparations for the meeting were continuing. Trump also implied that China's President Xi Jinping may be trying to influence the North Koreans to take a harder line with the U.S., perhaps in response to U.S. pressure on trade. Bolton recently suggested that North Korea should follow the model of Libya, which over a decade ago abandoned its effort to build nuclear weapons.

The White House said Thursday it is moving ahead with plans for a summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, despite Py. Follow Us . Facebook Twitter Google Plus LinkedIn.

And if the North Koreans want to meet , we ’ ll be there ,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday. “The president, as we've said all along, will be prepared and ready to meet , and there 's really not a lot to add beyond that point,” Sanders said.

a woman smiling for the camera © Provided by The Hill The White House said Thursday it is moving ahead with plans for a summit between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, despite Pyongyang's recent threats to scrap it.

"If the North Koreans want to meet, we'll be there," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters.

Sanders added that "nothing has changed on our end" with regard to preparations, saying "the president is prepared and will be ready to meet."

North Korea threw the June 12 summit into doubt this week when it threatened to pull out if the U.S. continues to demand its "unilateral" nuclear disarmament.

Trump himself acknowledged the summit might not take place, but said his administration has not heard directly from North Korea about its intentions.

Sanders said North Korea is not in the "driver's seat" despite their efforts to gain leverage.

White House says team heading to Singapore ahead of potential summit .
"The White House pre-advance team for Singapore will leave as scheduled in order to prepare should the summit take place," she said Saturday"The White House pre-advance team for Singapore will leave as scheduled in order to prepare should the summit take place," Sanders said in a statement Saturday morning.

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