After days of dilly-dallying, the U.S. President Donald Trump finally met his counterpart North Korean leader Kim Jong Un today in a historic summit at the Capella Hotel on Sentosa Island in Singapore.
According to a White House statement, the discussions between the United States and North Korea are ongoing and have moved more quickly than expected.
The United States delegation at the bilateral meeting included Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Chief of Staff John Kelly, and National Security Advisor John Bolton.
Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, Ambassador Sung Kim, and National Security Council Senior Director for Asia Matt Pottinger would also join for the working lunch, the statement added.
The chattering classes believe that Trump has taken this unprecedented step to meet North Korea’s dictator with the aim to divert people’s attention from the special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing probe to know the extent of Trump-Russia ties.
Trump had attacked his opponents before the summit, saying that all those “haters and losers” are wrong when they say that his meeting with Kim Jong Un is a major loss for the U.S.
The fact that I am having a meeting is a major loss for the U.S., say the haters & losers. We have our hostages, testing, research and all missle launches have stoped, and these pundits, who have called me wrong from the beginning, have nothing else they can say! We will be fine!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 11, 2018
“We have our hostages, testing, research and all missile launches have stopped, and these pundits, who have called me wrong from the beginning, have nothing else they can say! We will be fine!,” Trump tweeted.
The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said Monday that the summit between the leaders of the United States and North Korea is “a promising development for global peace and security.”
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