President Trump’s attempted visit to Korean Demilitarized Zone derailed by bad weather
ABCNews.com(SEOUL) — President Donald Trump attempted to make a surprise visit to the Demilitarized Zone — the heavily fortified border between North and South Korea — but was forced to turn back due to bad weather.
The White House previously said that Trump would not be going, citing time constraints and calling any potential visit a “cliché.”
Defense Secretary James Mattis, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson all made visits to the DMZ recently.
The news of the president’s attempted visit comes amid his heightened war of words with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and as Trump prepares to call on the international community to maximize pressure on North Korea.
Trump previously declined to say whether he would travel to the DMZ during his Asia tour, telling reporters, “You’ll be surprised.”
Earlier on the trip, Trump said he sees progress in the steps his administration has taken with regard to North Korea, suggesting he could “make a deal” with the regime, but would not say whether he still believes direct talks are a waste of time.
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