President Trump and members of his cabinet say they have not abandoned diplomacy to get North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons program after the rogue regime conducted its first successful intercontinental ballistic missile test.
Trump has expressed growing irritation with China for not doing more to rein in its ally, but at the G20 summit on Thursday he said he was not giving up on Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Asked by a reporter if he had given up on Xi, Trump responded, “Never give up.”
Trump is expected to meet with Xi during the two-day economic summit in Hamburg, Germany.
Ahead of the prospective meeting, Trump suggested via Twitter that he had lost hope that China would help resolve the issue after he had floated better economic deals in exchange for cooperation with North Korea.