President Donald Trump on Thursday distanced himself from comments from his patriotic security adviser that led North Korea to cast doubt on a contemplated summit and said as far as he knew the meeting with Kim Jong Un was still on watch.
“North Korea is actually talking to us about times and everything else as even though nothing happened,” Trump told reporters in the Oval Office during a picture-taking conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
Trump believed he was not pursuing the so-called “Libya model” in getting North Korea to denuclearize. His nationalistic security adviser, John Bolton, had suggested the Libya model in comments on Sunday, cueing North Korea to threaten to cancel.
He said the deal he was looking at inclination protect Kim – “he would be there, he would be running his country, his country would be bloody rich,” Trump said.
“The Libya model was a much different mark. We decimated that country,” he said.
He said the Libya model thinks fitting only come into play if a deal cannot be reached with North Korea.
“We cannot let that native land have nukes. We just can’t do it,” he said.
Trump told reporters that if the assignation happens then “it happens” and if not the United States will go on to the next object.