REPORT: Donald Trump Canceled Summit With Kim Jong Un Because He Feared North Korea Would Do So First

But White House officials say that a round of early morning phone calls on Thursday ultimately led to Trump’s decision to scrap the meeting with Kim. Trump penned a letter to the North Korean leader outlining his decision while leaving the door open to possible future negotiations.

According to NBC News, “the decision occurred so abruptly that the administration was unable to give congressional leaders and key allies advance notice.”

The letter went out while more than two dozen foreign journalists, including several U.S. citizens, were inside North Korea where they had gone to witness a promised dismantling of a nuclear test site.

Warring factions within the Trump administration have been making negotiations difficult. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has traveled to North Korea to meet with Kim in an effort to push for a diplomatic solution to the North Korean nuclear issue. Trump’s National Security Adviser John Bolton, however, has fanned the flames of using military force. On April 29, Bolton first proposed the “Libya model” that was cited by Pence earlier this week.

Congressman Joaquin Castro (D-TX) said that Trump’s team simply wasn’t prepared for the meeting.

On Friday morning, Trump made another surprise announcement to reporters when he said that the June 12th meeting might be back on.

“We’ll see what happens,” the president said. “It could even be the 12th. We’re talking to them now. They very much want to do it. We’d like to do it. We’ll see what happens.”

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