A White House “advance team” slated to head to Singapore in preparation for the president’s canceled summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un might still make the trip.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Friday left open the possibility and reiterated that President Donald Trump still wants to meet with Kim about a nuclear disarmament pact. That came one day after Trump canceled the June 12 meeting, concluding the North’s change in behavior from receptive to chilly to hostile meant Kim had gotten cold feet.
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“We’ll see. We still have a few hours before that takes place,” Sanders told a group of reporters, referring to the advance team’s trip, which was scheduled to be led by White House Deputy Chief of Staff Joe Hagin.
“We’re always going to be prepared. If the meeting takes place on June 12, we’ll be ready, if it takes place on July 12, we’ll be ready,” Sanders said during the impromptu gaggle. “We’ll continue to have conversations, we’ll continue to have close contact with our partners and allies.”
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That was different from what one of her deputies, Hogan Gidley, had said a few hours earlier. He told reporters there was no plan at that time for the Hagin-led team to fly to Singapore.
Whether that planning trip is on or not, the president and White House officials made clear Friday that while the June 12 date appears off the table, a Trump-Kim summit remains possible.
Trump used a morning tweet to react to an overnight statement from Pyongyang in which it praised him for even being willing to hold one-on-one talks. He called that statement “very good news” and “warm” and “productive.”
Very good news to receive the warm and productive statement from North Korea. We will soon see where it will lead, hopefully to long and enduring prosperity and peace. Only time (and talent) will tell!
Correction 2:27 p.m. | An earlier version of this story misspelled the last name of White House Deputy Chief of Staff Joe Hagin.
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“As the first lesbian member of the Nevada State Legislature, Dr. Pat Spearman paved the way for others to answer the call to serve,” Moulton said. “In the State Senate, Pat focused on job creation by diversifying Nevada’s renewable energy sources, a forward-looking approach that addresses the challenges of the modern economy."
“Pat will bring that same innovative thinking with her to Washington,” he said.
Gonzales rates the race for the open seat Likely Democratic.
“Elaine Luria has a proven ability to lead. In the Navy, she commanded a combat-ready unit of 400 sailors. Now, she’s stepping up to serve again,” Moulton said. “Elaine has the courage to be honest about the problems we face, put country over party, and get things done for the American people.”
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Moulton's team sent out 44,000 peer-to-peer text messages in the district on the final weekend before the primary urging voters to hit the ballot box.