FLASH: President Trump said he is fully committed to his personal diplomacy with Chairman Kim.
US President Trump and NKorean leader Kim Jong Un meet Wednesday for their 2nd Summit, betting that their personal relationship can break a stalemate over the North’s nuclear weapons and end more than 70 years of hostility.
Despite little know progress toward his stated goal of ridding NKorea of its nuclear weapons since 1st meeting Chairman Kim in Singapore last year, President Trump said he is fully committed to his personal diplomacy with Chairman Kim.
President Trump said late last year he and Chairman Kim “fell in love,” and on the eve of his departure for the 2nd Summit said they had developed “a very, very good relationship.”
Whether the bonhomie can move them beyond Summit pageantry to substantive progress on eliminating Pyongyang’s nuclear arsenal that threatens the United States is the Big Q that will dominate their talks in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi.
This relationship is the biggest single driving force in crafting better relations.
President Trump landed in Vietnam Tuesday and has meetings with the host country’s President and PR Wednesday before sitting down later with Chairman Kim for a private dinner.
President Trump will be joined at the dinner by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, the White House said Monday.
Chairman Kim also will have 2 aides with him, and there will be translators for both sides. President Trump and Chairman Kim, who arrived in Vietnam Tuesday, will have a series of official meetings Thursday.
The details of the Summit are closely held, the 2 leaders are expected to meet at some point 1 on 1, joined only by translators.