Trump’s surprise visit to Korean DMZ foiled by fog
President Donald Trump reportedly tried and failed to go to the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea.
Members of the White House press pool, as cited by CNN’s Jim Acosta, reported the president’s attempt. Soon after, the Associated Press reported that Trump didn’t go to the DMZ because of poor weather.
Urgent: Trump tried to go to DMZ but failed per WH pool
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) November 8, 2017
BREAKING: President Donald Trump has scrapped a surprise visit to the Korean demilitarized zone due to poor weather.
— The Associated Press (@AP) November 8, 2017
As Acosta reported on OutFront with Erin Burnett, the decision to travel to the DMZ appears to have been made last-minute, as initial reports claimed Trump would not be visiting the area between North and South Korea because, as press poolers were told, those types of visits were “a little bit of a cliché.”
Reporters had been told Pres Trump would not visit the DMZ, that such visits had become "a little bit of a cliché."
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) November 8, 2017
Nevertheless, poolers were told by White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders they would be flying to the DMZ with the president.
“She informed them of where they were going by scrawling on a piece of paper and holding it up to them, the letters ‘DMZ,'” Acosta reported from Seoul, South Korea. “And then they were taken to a nearby area where they were loaded onto helicopters.”
Upon arrival at the area, the White House’s report on the incident holds, the weather was so bad that despite waiting, they eventually turned around and did not enter the DMZ.
“It would have been a dramatic moment,” Acosta conceded, “but it didn’t happen because of the weather here in Seoul.”
Watch Acosta outline the White House’s explanation of the events below, via CNN.