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Trump Reversal on Pompeo North Korea Trip Underscores Drift

  • Pompeo’s trip with new envoy was just announced on Thursday
  • Trump says China not helping with denuclearization like before
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Donald Trump’s surprise about-face on his top diplomat’s trip to North Korea -- just a day after it was announced -- reinforced a sense of drift in the administration’s strategy since the president proclaimed a June summit with Kim Jong Un an historic success.

The tweets canceling a visit to Pyongyang by Secretary of State Michael Pompeo cited a lack of “sufficient progress” in denuclearization talks, two months after he proclaimed on Twitter that “there is no longer a Nuclear Threat from North Korea.”