President Donald Trump claimed the United States has been speaking “directly” to North Korea leader Kim Jong-un, during a gaggle with reporters at Mar-a-Lago on Tuesday.
Multiple journalists are reporting the on president’s comments, with some initial confusion as to what exactly the president claimed.
Here is my pool report on what Trump said when asked by reporters if he has spoken directly with Kim Jong Un pic.twitter.com/rXMPSzDVVZ
— David Nakamura (@DavidNakamura) April 17, 2018
“Yes,” POTUS just said, when reporters just asked if he's been speaking DIRECTLY to Kim Jong Un.
Asked to clarify, Trump says "talks at the highest levels.”
Which confirms Bloomberg’s scoop that very top US officials have spoken with Kim.
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) April 17, 2018
And now the WH is telling the pool that Pres Trump misunderstood or misheard the question
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) April 17, 2018
Via @PressSec “In regards to talks with Leader Kim Jong Un:
The President said the administration has had talks at the highest levels and added that they were not with him directly.” Clarifies ambiguous statement from @realDonaldTrump moments ago with @AbeShinzo
— Major Garrett (@MajorCBS) April 17, 2018