Trump contradicts USA military stance on Korea war games

Trump contradicts USA military stance on Korea war games

Trump contradicts USA military stance on Korea war games

The historic summit meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has Koreans in Spokane closely watching the outcome.

Trump's announcement that the United States would stop military exercises, his description of those drills as "provocative" and his suggestion that he wants to pull USA troops out at some point are "all things that Trump is putting on the table as concessions, all in exchange for some vague promises by the North Koreans", said Paul Haenle, a former China director at the White House National Security Council in the Barack Obama and George W. Bush administrations.

In the wake of Trump's unexpected, nearly offhand comments to reporters, the Pentagon had nothing to say about the future of the war games. "Plus, I think it's very provocative".

The meeting in Singapore produced a handful of commitments from the Kim regime, including a restated intent to denuclearize the Korean peninsula.

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"I want to bring our soldiers back home", he said.

The U.S. had rejected such proposals in the past, but North Korea has declared an end to testing its nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles, and now Trump appears ready to end exercises while talks are ongoing. "That's not part of the equation right now".

The summit was the first in history between a sitting U.S. President and a DPRK leader. Mattis' chief spokeswoman, Dana W. White, told reporters he was "in full alignment" with Trump and had been consulted in advance on all aspects of the Singapore talks.

But as President Trump receives heapings of praise and skepticism, Vice President Mike Pence and a GOP lawmaker are sending conflicting messages over whether the United States will officially end military drills off the Korean peninsula.

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"But we believe it is necessary to come up with various measures to improve dialogue more smoothly", the Blue House said.

Exercises with South Korea cover a range of eventualities, including drills with nuclear-capable bombers.

"So I think the rhetoric - I hated to do it". Cory Gardner told reporters that they were assured joint military exercises would continue.

The president said he and Kim "got along very well" from "the beginning" of the summit.

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But Trump refused to endorse a communique at the G7 summit over the weekend that said participants were "guided by our shared values of freedom, democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights and our commitment to promote a rules-based worldwide order".

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