The president’s comments laid bare increasingly urgent White House discussions that have shifted from public denials that anything is wrong to a review process aimed at soliciting ideas to stimulate the economy.
The announcement suggests that, despite the president’s denials, the central purpose of his trip had been discussion of a U.S. purchase of the massive, glaciered island, which holds increasing strategic value as melting sea ice opens new parts of the Arctic to shipping and resource extraction.
David Bowie and the Beatles may have helped topple the Berlin Wall. Now South Korean and Western pop may be undermining the Pyongyang regime, with rising numbers of defectors citing music as one factor in their disillusionment with their government.
The president told Wayne LaPierre that the White House remained interested in proposals that would address weapons getting into the hands of the mentally ill, according to people familiar with the call.