State Department: U.S. Won’t Pay for North Korea’s Accommodations in Singapore


State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert confirmed on Tuesday that the United States will not pay for North Korea's accommodations in Singapore during the summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

Nauert said the White House and State Department were also not soliciting other countries to pay for North Korea's accommodations.

"I want to be clear about this because this was something that was swirling a lot over the weekend, and I think we've tried to tamp this down: the United States government is not paying for the North Korean delegation to stay. We're not paying for their expenses," Nauert said.

"The White House has spoken to this as well. The State Department is not involved in every single technical detail of this meeting," Nauert said. "This is largely being planned out of the White House, with State Department support."

Nauert told reporters further questions on the matter should be directed to the White House, but she noted White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has been clear in saying other countries have not been asked to pick up North Korea's tab.

The planned meeting between Trump and Kim is slated to take place on June 12.

Jack Heretik

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Jack is a Media Analyst for the Washington Free Beacon. He is from Northern Ohio and graduated from the Catholic University of America in 2011. Prior to joining the Free Beacon, Jack was a Production Assistant for EWTN's The World Over and worked on Sen. Bill Cassidy's 2014 campaign.

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