Pence Sets Off Mass Confusion, Twitter Spat With GOP Senator Over Trump’s North Korea Concession

After a reporter claimed Vice President Mike Pence said military exercises with South Korea would continue contrary to President Donald Trump‘s declaration they would end, Pence’s spokespeople immediately argued that was false.

Politico’s Burgess Everett tweeted Tuesday that he heard the scoop from Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), but the mass confusion that ensued has now prompted the senator to clarify Pence’s remarks.

Here’s how it all unfolded:

Following Everett’s statement that the drills would continue “per Sen. Gardner,” the vice president’s representatives, Alyssa Farah and Jarrod Agen tweeted that it was never said.

As the back-and-forth continued, the senator tweeted out a statement explaining Pence “was very clear:  regular readiness training and training exchanges will continue.”

He added that the vice president “went on to say while this readiness training and exchanges will occur, war games will not.”

The decision to end the so-called “war games” was announced following summit talks between Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, for whom the exercises have been a source of irritation.

If the showy drills do end, it would be a concession on the part of the president to Kim.

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