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White House Appears to Confuse North and South Korea



The White House was caught off guard and by surprise Tuesday when the official North Korean state news agency announced that talks scheduled for next month between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un would be canceled if the U.S. did not pull out of military exercises with South Korea.

President Trump for months has been praising the North Korean dictator after  he proposed a face-to-face meeting with the U.S. president. Not only has Trump been praising him, he literally acted as Kim’s Minister of Propaganda, tweeting out remarks the 34-year old Supreme Leader of North Korea had made.

But Tuesday’s announcement threw the White House for a loop.

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders issued a quick statement in response.

“We are aware of the South Korean media report,” Huckabee Sanders said. “The United States will look at what North Korea has said independently, and continue to coordinate closely with our allies.”

The problem, as CNN Chief National Security Correspondent Jim Sciutto and others noted, is that the report came from North Korea, not South Korea.

The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) is the official state media outlet for North Korea. Yonhap is South Korea’s news agency.

Later, an English language version was released by KCNA.

It reads, in part, that South Korea and the U.S. are “reacting to all the peace-loving efforts and good intentions which DPRK has shown with rude and wicked provocation.”

Sciutto also makes this observation:

As one political writer noted, Kim is playing Trump “like a fiddle.”



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Internet Laughs Out Loud After Trump Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham Says ‘Let’s Be Honest’



The credibility gap that has plagued official spokespeople for Donald Trump resulted in hilarious responses after she began her latest defense of the president with, “Let’s be honest.”

It started when Washington Post reporter David Nakamura noted an unfortunate young man who was stuck sitting next to Trump as the commander-in-chief issued a lie-filled rant about the “overthrow of government” in America.

Grisham, who has yet to deliver a daily White House press briefing, attempted to blame the press for Trump’s rant.

Grisham was brutally mocked for making such a statement with her credibility issues.

Former Bill Clinton press secretary Joe Lockhart blasted Grisham in a reply.

“Let’s be a little more honest. Most Presidents don’t talk about attempts to overthrow the government and denounce his own FBI in front of anyone,” Lockhart noted. “No excuse for your guy. Sorry that young man had to hear it.”

Here’s some more of what people were saying:


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‘Busy Testifying’: Twitter Wonders Why So Many Trump Administration Officials Are MIA at His Joint Press Conference



Support for President Donald Trump is dwindling, but no where was it more evident Wednesday than during his joint press conference with the President of Italy.

As ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl noted, in the audience the “seats usually occupied by senior White House or staff” were “empty,” while the Italian side was full.

Many across social media wondered where Trump’s top-level associates were, especially Ivanka and Jared, among others.

Take a look at some of the responses:



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Trump’s Disastrous Kanye Visit Was Jared Kushner’s Fault – and Left WH Aides ‘Hugely Embarrassed’



New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman told CNN on Friday that Kanye’s Oval Office meeting with Donald Trump did not go over well with White House staff, who were left feeling “hugely embarrassed” for the “speechless and confused” president.

“This was very much a Jared Kushner show,” said Haberman. “Kushner brought Kanye West in to talk about prison reform and job opportunities for inmates after they get out of prison and then this lunch was put on the president’s calendar.”

“You can see Jared Kushner there looking very happy, his wife Ivanka Trump not looking quite as happy,” Haberman added. “That represented the split that you saw within the White House.”

“I heard from other West Wing aides who were hugely embarrassed that that had happened, thought that was not a good look, that this is not a rock concert,” she said.


“The main sentiment I have heard,” Haberman said, “is why have we taken what was a pretty good week for the president with Kavanaugh, which is something that Republican candidates heading into the midterms would probably rather be talking about, and why are we now doing ‘Kanye Week’?”

Watch the video below.



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