President Trump praises historic meeting with Kim Jong Un, says they’re ‘going’ to a signing after “very good” talks
President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Tuesday emerged from their “working lunch” and indicated that they were about to sign something, but did give any further details.
“We had a really fantastic meeting, a lot of progress, really very positive,” Trump said “I think better than anybody could have expected. Top of the line, really good. We’re going right now to a signing.”
Trump did not go into details about the comment.
Trump shook hands with North Korean leader Kim in Singapore shortly after 9 a.m. local time Tuesday, kicking off a historic summit meeting and marking a new era in relations between the U.S. and the totalitarian state known as the Hermit Kingdom.
Moments later, as Trump and Kim sat side-by-side, the American president told a group of reporters: “We will have a terrific relationship, I have no doubt.” Kim said through an interpreter that it “was not easy to get here” and that there “were obstacles, but we overcame them to be here.”
About 40 minutes later, the two leaders emerged from one-on-one talks accompanied by their interpreters and made a brief appearance on a balcony. When asked how talks were progressing, Trump said: “Very good. Very, very good. Excellent relationship, thank you.”
Moments later, Trump and Kim were joined by their aides for expanded discussions and a working lunch. On the U.S. side, Trump was accompanied by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and National Security Adviser John Bolton.
“Mr. Chairman, it’s a great honor to be with you,” Trump told Kim as their aides faced each other across a rectangular table, “and we’ll have tremendous success together and we’ll solve a big problem, a big dilemma that until this point has been unable to be solved. I know that working together, we will get it taken care of.” He then shook hands with Kim for at least the fourth time in under an hour.