Trump Reportedly Thinks He Doesn't Need To Prepare For His Summit With North Korea

With less than a month until President Donald Trump's supposed summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore, White House aides say the president has not allocated time in his schedule to prepare, according to TIME.

"He doesn't think he needs to," one senior official familiar with the situation told TIME.

Aides said they intended to brief Trump on different scenarios that could play out during the meeting with Kim, but a detailed plan to prepare the president has yet to surface.

Foreign policy experts have also expressed worry that Trump will not be prepared enough for the first meeting between a sitting US president and a North Korean leader.

"These things are just not going to be wrapped up in nine weeks," Robert Kelly of Pusan University said recently at the Sydney Writers' Festival. "They're just not. And the president is not going to do the reading. We know he's not. It's obvious, he's just going to wing it. And you can't wing it on something this complicated."

The historic summit comes at an unpredictable time for the Korean Peninsula. On Wednesday, North Korea announced that in addition to its cancellation of a high-level meeting with South Korean officials, it would reconsider meeting with the US due to Washington's insistence on scrapping its nuclear program.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shakes hands with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Pyongyang, North Korea on May 9, 2018.
North Korea's Korean Central News Agency/Reuters

The sudden shift in tone, which many North Korea watchers anticipated and considered typical of Pyongyang, effectively chilled the warmed relations since the regime's participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

"We haven't seen anything, we haven't heard anything," Trump said to reporters on Wednesday. "We will see what happens."

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