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Tillerson Says N. Korea Talks Trump's Idea, Downplays Exclusion of State Department

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who is on the other side of the world on a week-long Africa tour, says President Donald Trump's decision to hold talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un came from Trump himself, but he downplayed any suggestion that the State Department was blindsided by the announcement. Speaking in Djibouti on Friday, the top U.S. diplomat said he spoke with the U.S. president by phone very early in the day. "We had a good conversation; this is something he's had on his mind for quite some time, so it was not a surprise in any way because I think this has long been something he's expressed it openly before, about his willingness to meet with Kim Jong Un," Tillerson told reporters. Tillerson made his remarks one day after South Korean officials, standing in front of the White House, announced the summit between Trump and...

 

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