Trump Administration Can't Even Keep It's Story Straight About What It Agreed to with North Korea

President Donald Trump came out of his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un with a startling a concession: The U.S. will stop participating in military exercises on the Korean peninsula, a major facet of the American alliance with South Korea.


But not even a day after that decision was announced, it wasn't clear anybody else in the administration was on the same page as the president.

Even Vice President Mike Pence appeared to disagree with Trump, reportedly telling senators the military exercises would continue, according to Sen. Corey Gardner (R-CO).

"[Pence] was very clear: regular readiness training and training exchanges will continue," Gardner said on Twitter.

"Less than 24 hours and already there are two versions of what happened," said CNBC reporter Christina Wilkie. "In one, NK called the Chinese to tell them Trump agreed military exercises would cease. Now Pence is telling GOP senators those same exercises will not cease."

But after that account became public, Pence's press secretary, Alyssa Farrah, denied Gardner's account of the meeting.

The vice president "didn’t say this at the Senate lunch today," she said of Gardner's remarks.

NBC reporter Kelly O'Donnell later added that the vice president's office was saying that Pence meant only that "routine training" with the South Korean military would continue, while the biannual military exercises would be canceled.

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