The 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, became the first sitting U.S. president cross into North Korean territory on Sunday. President Trump visited North Korea over the weekend, conducting multiple face-to-face meetings with the notorious North Korean leader, Kim Jong Un.
President Trump’s visit to North Korea marks the first meeting between the president and Kim Jong Un since nuclear agreements turned sour during a summit in Hanoi, Vietnam, back in February 2019. Via Foxnews.com.
According to reports from the Daily Caller, after Trump left the “G20 Summit” in Japan, he scheduled a visit to the demilitarized zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea with President Moon Jae-in. President Trump decided to extend an invitation to Kim Jong Un and North Korea, prompting his historical visit to the country.
“We respect each other and [Kim Jong Un] has agreed to meet and I am going to meet him in about 4 minutes,” Trump told reporters shortly after 2 a.m. EST, according to the White House pool.
The two leaders shook hands at the Military Demilitarization Line (DMZ), and Kim Jong Un told Trump, “Good to see you again.” He added that he “never expected” to see Trump “at this place.” Via the Daily Caller.
At this point, approximately at 2:46 a.m., President Trump conversed with Kim Jong Un and briefly crossed over the DMZ line, officially becoming the first sitting United States President to walk on North Korean land.
"Stepping across that line was a great honor,” Trump said. “I think it’s historic, it’s a great day for the world.”
President Trump believed his meeting was extremelly successful, actually so well that Trump would like to return the favor, suggesting an invite for Kim Jong Un to visit the White House “right now.” Via Foxnews.com.
According to multiple reports, the two country leaders later held “bilateral meetings” at the Freedom House in South Korea, where both President Trump and Kim Jong Un seperately spoke to members of the press. Via the Daily Caller.
“I believe this is an expression of [the president’s] willingness to eliminate all the unfortunate past and open a new future.” Said Kim Jong Un through his interpreter. President Trump has steadily claimed he has, and will continue to develop a “good relationship” with North Korea and Kim Jong Un.
Once the North Korean leader concluded the meeting with President Trump, he returned to his respected side of the DMZ, Trump continued to answer questions from the press. He even told reporters that he was specifically the person who offered to step across the demilitarized zone, and Kim Jong Un immediately answered by saying he would be “honored” by Trump’s gesture. Via the Daily Caller.
This visit between the two leaders was adherently more successful than the last meeting regarding denuclearization discussions in Hanoi. Within the prior meeting, President Trump was unable to find a suitable agreement with North Korea, prompting him to end the meeting and simply walk away. President Trump claimed the North Koreans leader constructed and operated under “unrealistic expectations.”
“Basically, they wanted the sanctions lifted in their entirety, and we couldn’t do that. They were willing to de-nuke a large portion of the areas that we wanted, but we couldn’t give up all of the sanctions for that,” Trump explained after the summit, adding, “Sometimes you have to walk.”