It appears that Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner’s stance on North Korea evolves in different directions due to political, rather than national security, considerations.
Coffman First Praised Trump for Planning a Summit with North Korean and Then for Canceling It
U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO) jumped on the radio this morning to say it’s a good thing Trump isn’t “so eager” to hold a summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
Gardner Sees Trump’s North Korea Talks As “Positive Development” After Denouncing Obama For Lesser Dialogue
UPDATE: In an NPR interview today, Gardner said he talked to Trump, and Trump agrees that he will not meet with Kim Jong-un without preconditions on denuclearization. For Gardner, this represents a flip back to his old position of insisting on preconditions. Gardner had abandoned this stance (See below.). For the president, it appears Trump hasn’t advocated this stance publicly, only in private to Gardner.