John Bolton will travel to Singapore for Trump-Kim summit

John Bolton will travel to Singapore for Trump-Kim summit
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National security adviser John Bolton will travel to Singapore as part of President TrumpDonald John TrumpWhite House counsel called Trump 'King Kong' behind his back: report Trump stays out of Arizona's ugly and costly GOP fight Trump claims he instructed White House counsel to cooperate with Mueller MORE’s entourage for his North Korea summit, amid reports he has been sidelined from the nuclear talks. 

“The national security adviser is going. He’s going to Singapore. He’s going to be a part of those talks,” White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayConway asks why White House reporters are 'obsessed' with Trump Conway blasts Brennan: 'Why is he screaming' about losing his clearance 'on a lower-rated cable network?' Gorka: I signed NDAs in the White House, during Trump campaign MORE told reporters at a breakfast sponsored by The Christian Science Monitor. 

Bloomberg reported chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE and Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTrump: ‘Nothing bad can happen' from meeting with foreign leaders The US must not turn its back on refugees Taiwan is key to US power in Pacific MORE will also join Trump. 

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Conway said Pompeo “is clearly taking the lead on negotiations” around the June 12 summit in Singapore. 

Her comments came a day after CNN reported Bolton was not in Trump’s meeting last week with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s right-hand man, which it wrote is a sign that he has lost influence with the president. 

Conway said the fact Bolton was not in the Oval Office meeting with North Korean official Kim Yong Chol “means absolutely nothing,” adding it could mean he was occupied with other tasks or not part of a specific team. 

Trump was reportedly angered by Bolton’s suggestion the U.S. could use a “Libya model” to craft a nuclear pact with North Korea. Libyan leader Moammar Gaddafi was ousted from power and killed eight years after surrendering his nuclear weapons in a deal with the Bush administration. 

The comments angered North Korea and helped spark a war of words that led Trump to cancel the summit. But plans for the summit were put back on after Trump’s meeting last week with Kim Yong Chol.