David Choi | Business Insider |
National Security Adviser John Bolton was absent from President Donald Trump’s meeting with a top North Korean official last week.
Bolton ruffled some feathers in April by speculating that the Trump administration was “looking at the Libya model of 2003, 2004” as part of potential negotiations with North Korea.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reportedly said, because of Bolton’s remarks, which upset the North, Bolton’s presence in the meeting between Trump and North Korean vice chairman Kim Yong Chol would be “counterproductive.”
There was one notable senior US official missing when President Donald Trump met with North Korean vice chairman Kim Yong Chol at the White House on Friday: National Security Adviser John Bolton.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who was present at the meeting where Kim handed Trump a symbolic letter, reportedly told Trump that Bolton’s presence would be “counterproductive,” people familiar with the talks told CNN.
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