Trump 'Frustrated' by Canceled Visit to DMZ
President attempted surprise visit to DMZ only to be thwarted by weather
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 7, 2017 6:50 PM CST
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Presidential helicopters are grounded as President Trump returned to US Army Garrison Yongsan, Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, after attempting to visit the Demilitarized Zone, the tense military border between the two Koreas.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

(Newser) – President Trump scrapped a surprise visit to the Korean demilitarized zone due to poor weather Wednesday morning, the AP reports. Marine One flew most of the way from Seoul to the DMZ before turning back due to poor weather conditions. Back at the US Army's Yongsan Garrison, Trump prepared for his speech to South Korea's National Assembly while awaiting a potential clearing in the weather. Weather reports from near the DMZ showed misting conditions and visibility below one mile.

The White House says Trump is disappointed that his surprise trip to the DMZ was thwarted by bad weather. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tells reporters, "I think he's pretty frustrated" that he had to change his plans. The White House says Trump's trip to the DMZ had been planned well before he left for Asia, but it was kept secret due to security concerns. Every American president since Ronald Reagan has made a trip to the DMZ—except for George HW Bush, who made the trek when he served as vice president. Before Trump's trip, a White House official had said the DMZ visits have become "a little bit of a cliché."


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