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

23:46  17 may  2018
23:46  17 may  2018 Source:   latimes.com

Trump says he will meet with North Korea's Kim on June 12 in Singapore

  Trump says he will meet with North Korea's Kim on June 12 in Singapore <p>The two leaders are expected to discuss North Korea’s nuclear weapons development and testing program.</p>“The highly anticipated meeting between Kim Jong Un and myself will take place in Singapore on June 12th. We will both try to make it a very special moment for World Peace!” Trump said on Twitter.

At a news conference in Vietnam, Trump distanced himself from remarks he made on Saturday in which he suggested he believed Putin when he said there had been no Russian meddling in the election that took him to the White House.

At a news conference in Vietnam, Trump distanced himself from remarks he made on Saturday in which he suggested he believed Putin when he said there had been no Russian meddling in the election that took him to the White House.

John R. Bolton wearing a suit and tie: U.S President Donald Trump, left, and John Bolton, right, the new national security adviser attend a briefing from Senior Military Leadership in the Cabinet Room of the White House on April 9, 2018 in Washington, D.C.© Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/TNS U.S President Donald Trump, left, and John Bolton, right, the new national security adviser attend a briefing from Senior Military Leadership in the Cabinet Room of the White House on April 9, 2018 in Washington, D.C. WASHINGTON - 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.

Trump thanks North Korea for vow to dismantle nuclear site

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At a news conference in Vietnam, Trump distanced himself from remarks he made on Saturday in which he suggested he believed Putin when he said there had been no Russian meddling in the election that took him to the White House.

That’ s precisely the opposite of what’ s needed at this tense time. Trump ' s apocalyptic language in remarks on Tuesday seemed to catch even his closest Far from distancing himself from his threat to visit "fire and fury" on North Korea , he mused that maybe the warning "wasn't tough enough."

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 example was sure to anger North Korean officials, who know that Libya's leader, Moammar Gadhafi, lost his job and his life a few years after he gave up his nuclear program.

Earlier this week, when the North Koreans threatened to back out of the summit between leader Kim Jong Un and Trump, they cited Bolton by name.

"The Libyan model isn't a model that we have at all," Trump told reporters during a photo session with the visiting secretary general of NATO. "We decimated that country."

By contrast, if the U.S. reaches a deal with North Korea, Kim will "get protections that would be very strong," Trump said. "He will have very adequate protection."

Trump said the North Koreans began taking a harder line shortly after a recent meeting between Kim and Xi, an unexpected second meeting between the two.

"There has been a big difference since they had the second meeting," he said.

"President Xi could be influencing Kim Jong Un," Trump added, noting the disputes between the U.S. and China over trade.

Trump added that U.S. and North Korean diplomats continue to meet to plan for the summit.

"Nothing has changed on North Korea that we know of," he said. "We'll see what happens. If the meeting happens, it happens." If not, "we'll go on to the next step."

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South Korean president met N.Korea's Kim Jong Un Saturday-Seoul .
South Korean President Moon Jae-in met North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Saturday to discuss Kim's possible upcoming summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, the South said, the second inter-Korean summit in as many months. Moon and Kim met just north of the heavily militarized border in the afternoon to exchange views to pave way for a summit between North Korea and the United States, South Korea's presidential office said.Moon will announce the outcome of his two-hour meeting with Kim on Sunday morning, officials aid.

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