President Trump attempted to make a surprise visit to the Demilitarized Zone on Wednesday during his visit to South Korea, but his helicopter turned back due to bad weather.

The White House had initially said Trump would not visit the 2.5-mile-wide strip of land that separates North and South Korea.

However, reporters traveling with the president in Asia this week said press secretary Sarah Sanders summoned them early Wednesday morning in Seoul to accompany Trump on the previously unscheduled visit to the DMZ. Most U.S. presidents have visited the location during visits to the area.

Vice President Mike Pence and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis have already paid separate visits to the heavily fortified Korean border this year.

Trump, however, was not slated to spend any time at the DMZ during his roughly 24-hour swing through South Korea.

His helicopter turned back after a spate of bad weather, reporters traveling with him said, and did not manage to take off again after an hour of waiting due to the conditions in the area.

A visit to the DMZ could have provided Trump with a dramatic backdrop for a strong rebuke of North Korea's nuclear activities.