Trump and Kim Take 2: President meets North Korean dictator with a handshake and a laugh in Vietnam for their second nuclear summit and heralds the communist nation’s ‘unlimited’ potential as Kim says he has high hopes for their talks

Wednesday, February 27, 2019
By Paul Martin

President Trump was the first to arrive
The two men shook hands and exchanged pleasantries
‘Our relationship is a very special relationship’
He and the North Korea dictator each were joined by a pair of two top aides
A bank of six U.S. and North Korean flags was prepared for a photo-op
Trump said the men had a ‘very successful first summit’ and took on critics who want to see faster developments
Kim praised Trump’s ‘courageous decision’ to open dialogue
Trump tweeted earlier Wednesday morning as he prepared for meetings with Vietnamese leaders
He pointed to Vietnam as an economic model
The country has been on an economic tear since normalizing relations with the U.S. in 1995
Two years ago he touted a similar agreement but the trade deficit grew to $37 billion
Earlier Trump posed with Vietnam’s president in front of a statue of founder Ho Chi Minh
He said North Korea would be the same if it would ‘denuclearize’
Trump called Kim ‘my friend’

27 February 2019

President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un shook hands and exchanged smiles as they joined for a dinner meeting at a historic Hanoi hotel – and Trump proclaimed their relationship a ‘good one.’

‘Our relationship is a very special relationship,’ Trump said, in one of several comments proclaiming a personal bond.

The two men met in the Vietnamese capital in front of a bank of six flags from each nation, for the first meeting for the pair since their historic summit in Singapore in June.

‘It’s an honor to be with Chairman Kim. It’s an honor to be together,’ said Trump, who repeatedly praised his counterpart.

The admiration may be mutual. In one remark, Kim praised Trump’s ‘courageous decision’ to open dialogue, according to how his translator recounted it.

In introductory remarks, Trump did much of the talking – and one again dangled the promise of prosperity for North Korea, and addressed critics who noted their initial joint statement was vague and hard to measure.

‘It’s great to be with you. We had a very successful first summit,’ Trump said. ‘I felt it was very successful. Some people would like to see it go quicker. I’m satisfied, you’re satisfied. We want to be happy with what we’re doing.’

‘I thought the first summit was a great success, I think this one hopefully will be equal or greater than the first,’ the president added.

As he has repeatedly, Trump pointed to personal chemistry with the reclusive leader of the family-led one-party dictatorship – although his secretary of state says North Korea is still a nuclear threat, having tested a hydrogen bomb and months ago conducted a skein of missile tests.

‘We made a lot of progress and I think the biggest progress was our relationship is really a good one,’ Trump said.

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