Even Trump has no idea what exactly Trump agreed to with North Korea.
Trump’s knee-jerk choice to accept an invitation to talk face-to-face with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un sent the entire White House into a dizzying tailspin, forcing senior administration officials to scramble to coordinate talking points regarding an agreement that no one seems to have agreed to.
In under 24 hours, the White House declared at least three unique positions on the meeting — the latest of which meant walking back the walk-back it gave earlier that day.
Friday, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders claimed the talks won’t happen unless North Korea makes “concrete and verifiable actions” to denuclearize — which is a stipulation that wasn’t made on Thursday when Trump hastily gave the announcement.
“They have made some major promises. They have made promises to denuclearize. They have made promises to stop nuclear and missile testing,” Sanders claimed on Friday during a briefing with reporters. “We’re not going to have this meeting take place until we see concrete actions that match the words and the rhetoric of North Korea.”
In the briefing, Sanders repeatedly claimed without evidence that North Korea “promised” to denuclearize and claimed that the meeting would not happen until that process began.
That is different from what the compulsive liar Sanders said Thursday evening, when confirming that Trump “will accept the invitation to meet with Kim Jong Un at a place and time to be determined.”
Thursday, a different senior administration official said, “At this point, we’re not even talking about negotiations. What we’re talking about is an invitation by the leader of North Korea to meet face-to-face with the president of the United States. The president has accepted that invitation.”
Back then, the White House claimed North Korea had promised to stop nuclear tests before the meeting with Trump, but it failed to say North Korea had made any promises to start denuclearizing.
However, on Friday, Sanders seemed to walk back the first announcement, causing MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson to ask her about the chances that the meeting will even happen.
“Is there a possibility that these talks with North Korea with Kim Jong-Un may not happen?” Jackson wondered.
“A lot of things are possible,” Sanders said. “I won’t sit here and walk through every hypothetical that could exist in the world, but I can tell you the president accepted that invitation on the basis that you have concrete and verifiable steps.”
But then, less than 90 minutes following Sanders’ walk-back of the first announcement, the White House issued another statement that walked back what Sanders had just said.
“The invitation has been extended and accepted, and that stands,” said a White House official.
It’s not clear how the White House plans to put together high-level talks regarding denuclearization, since it can’t even put together its talking points — which certainly explains why experts predict there is no way that stupid Donald Trump will be ready if the meeting really does happen.
Obviously, it would be a lot better if Trump knew the difference between North and South Korea.